I tried to open the classroom door and it was locked.
Our new class has met in 3 different rooms.
There wasn’t a sign on the door to tell us where to go but I opened a nearby door anyway just to check and it was nice to see it was the right place. Sometimes it’s not easy to be so bold, ya know? What if class already started? We don’t want to bother anyone. What if it’s not the right room? What if they’re saying a prayer? I don’t want to interrupt. etc.
Since it’s possible more people may feel the same way I did and not want to disturb others I made a sign to put outside the old classroom door.
After scribbling a quick sign and picking up the paper I said to the few people in the room, “But I need tape and I don’t have any. Does anyone here have tape?”
Walking to the door and not quite sure how I’d attach the paper yet, I kept thinking, “But I don’t have any tape.”
I looked at the door handle and hinges to see if I could tuck the edge of the paper there to make it stay. Not gonna work.
Then I looked down by my feet.
I didn’t even have to take a step closer to it. The tape was just right there. Right within reach was a used piece of tape; sticky side facing sticky side. I picked it up and carefully pulled on the edges wondering if it would be sticky enough to hold a sign to a door long enough to guide people to the new room.
Stepping back into the current classroom I said something like, “People can’t even say God’s not listening and He doesn’t provide because He just DOES. I was just asking about tape and there was tape. Isn’t that so crazy?!”
The teacher said, “Nope. It’s faith.”
Crazy faith! So many people look for adventure in life and spend thousands of dollars to find it. I wonder if they know that faith is such an amazing adventure every day.
Some may say it was just a coincidence. I don’t believe in coincidence. God provides what we need when we need it.
And the thing I kept thinking about is this…
It was a piece of tape.
It wasn’t a nail or a screw or velcro or glue or a paperclip or even a rubberband.
It was tape – which made me think of this verse:
Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
God just provides. He’s in the business of doing this very thing. He gives us what we need just when we need it.
I know I’m not the only one who has experienced this. We love to hear when this has happened in people’s lives. Hearing how God provides never gets old!
[Please note: You are welcome in class at church even if something prevented you from getting there “on time.” We would rather you come share and hear what’s going on in Bible class even if you’re late than to not show up at all. If teachers are upset and this isn’t the case where you worship, perhaps some are focused on the wrong thing. The message IS very important but if nobody is there to hear it then what’s the point? Consider this; Maybe you’ll walk in at the very right time to hear just what God knew you needed to hear.]