It always seems that the Lord requires me to be awake before I can understand the difference between my skinny jeans and my pajama pants. Today First Friends Church had their Aldi’s fill our pantry event and I along with some of my friends volunteered, I’ll admit today’s task seemed to be simple enough but it was hard at times, as a night owl going to bed before one in the morning and waking up at a quarter to seven didn’t seem to be my ideal way to spend my Sunday, on the contrary it didn’t make me very happy. But the rest of the day did.
Heading over with my sister listening to Taylor Swift in my car affectionately and nerdy so called, Dauntless, we ventured off to the Bob Evan’s restaurant that was by the Aldi’s. Having fellowship and strange conversations over a pot of coffee and a Sunshine Skillet we all talked about what hopes we had in today’s food drive and most of us were pretty hopeful that we would fill maybe one and half of the three vans we had at the store, but God had other ideas that we didn’t.
Upon finishing my last gulp of the third cup of coffee we paid for our meals thanked the employees there and were on our way to Aldi’s. Leaving everything in my car including our cell phones I grabbed my keys and slipped the lanyard attached to them around my neck. The day started off chilly, the brisk breeze filtered through the trees but the sun was shining so bright, so radiantly we knew that we soon would be warm. Getting together the group of us bowed our heads and began to pray not knowing just what God had in store for us we stayed in good spirits, happy hearts and bright smiles.
It started off slow maybe a bag of cans here or a package of Ramen Noodles there. About a half hour into the drive we started to brainstorm ideas we could do, like getting chalk from the K-Mart down the way and writing on the pavement of the parking lot in bright beautiful letters “Help Us Fill Our Pantry First Friends” to getting two just as bright posters and a package of markers for signs. We all talked about how groups of people at stores weird people out or intimidate them so we spread out, some handing out carts, others in vans, and some shopping.
From there the Lord knew just what to do, people started handing over carts full of the things we needed, and by this time it was nearing 10:30, church hadn’t let out yet, these were people at the store that felt lead to give us what we needed to fill the pantry. After a while more and more people from the church headed over to us and started shopping we filled the first van pretty quickly and started on the second which filled up gradually, and by that time the first van was taking off to the church to unload and come back. While they were there, we filled the second van up completely and had started on the third, by the time the first van came back to us when we really needed it!
Filling the third van we had started to wind down, people still felt compelled to give us what we needed, and the donations were abundant. It’s crazy, yet not crazy at all to think about how much the Lord provided us with what we needed, I hadn’t seen this much generosity in a long time and it was fulfilling to know that God used me and my friends in this way, that we were able to be there and help with helping others. The faith that we have in God is sometimes the strongest thing you can have, and knowing that today happened for His Glory to help His people who so desperately need the food and other donated items is such an amazing thing!
Later on today after I went with the High School youth to a corn maze I asked the High School pastor if he would be able to let us into the pantry so we could see just how full it was, and the sight as the door creaked open and the florescent lights hummed on was enough to make me weep for joy. Floor to ceiling it was stocked! And then some! God truly provides when He says He will and that full pantry of soups, peanut butter, Ramen noodles and so much more was such a blessing and such a gift from Him.
It goes to show that you never truly know but we can always rely on what God has in store for us.