Posted by: Heather | March 22, 2010

The Supplier of My Need

Phillippians 4:19   But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

What kind of needs do you have?  In life, and especially here in the United States, we tend to have a skewed view between wants and needs.  Children are especially vulnerable to this.  They seem to think they ‘need’ everything.  Even as adults, we get wrong ideas between the things we’d like to have, and the things we actually need to live.

I suppose I’m feeling especially sentimental today.  My 7 year old has been sick, and it’s never easy to see your little ones feeling so ill.   Good health is one of those things we all consider a need, and it should be one of our top priority desires.  Without our health, it’s extremely difficult to enjoy anything about life.   But, on the opposite end of the spectrum, I’m also celebrating a prayer that has been answered.  So, I’m looking on both sides of the picture today…the side where I have a need to see my child well, and the side where I’ve seen a need met.  Having our needs met gives us that much more faith in the One who meets them.

To try to make a long story short, our teenage daughter has had a visual impairment either since birth, or shortly thereafter.  She was diagnosed at 16 months old with a condition called oculocutaneous albinism, which means there is little to no pigment in the eyes, hair, and skin.  As a result, the doctors have told us for years her vision was corrected to about 20/100.  Without glasses, she was 20/200.  Since her corrected vision was 20/100, she was not eligible for any of the benefits that would be extended to legally blind children.  On her last doctor’s visit, we were told that because of the insensitivity of certain equipment, it’s likely her vision has been corrected to 20/200 all along.  That would mean there had been a misdiagnosis, and she would have been eligible for benefits all this time.  It also means she needs some very expensive equipment to help her see better.

We prayed about this.  Of course, we would do anything necessary to get her what she needed.  But, it turned out that our local Industries for the Blind gets funding for school age children, and she would get the most expensive piece of equipment, plus her eye exams for free.  We still pray for her healing, of course.  However, we also see where God has made this equipment available to her, and met a need for her without straining our family financially.   We are especially thankful for that.  This equipment will make a huge difference in the quality of her life.

This is similar to what Paul is referring to in the 4th chapter of Phillippians.  He is thanking the people for their contribution toward his needs, and in return, God would supply their needs.  To supply in the above verse means ‘to fill to the full’.  So, when we have a need, God is ready to meet it, not only partially, but fully.  We won’t have to worry about needing more.

His riches reference all of the things in store for God’s use…all of the things He uses to further His kingdom and bless His people.  He already has everything we need.  We only have to ask, just as a child would ask his parents for a drink of water or something to eat.

We want to fulfill God’s call on our lives, and He gives us all we need to do it.   It gives me great pleasure to see God fill a need in my daughter’s life with things that will help her be who God has called her to be.   She is very ‘artsy’, and enjoys singing, acting, crafts, etc.   The equipment she will receive soon will make such a difference for her to fully enjoy the things she loves, and continue to further God’s kingdom with the gifts He has entrusted to her.

To the God that has met such a great need in my family, I am forever thankful.  Seeing one need met gives me much more faith to see the next.  So, with my spiritual eyes, I look ahead to see a little boy up and playing with his brothers and sisters tomorrow.   I choose to believe in the God who supplies all my need…not always in my time, but perfectly in His.



  1. Heather, We met a few months ago at Lego Club and I found your blog on FHE. This is such a wonderful blessing for your daughter and your family. Thank you for sharing and giving praise to the Lord! Hope everyone is feeling better soon.

    • Shannon,

      Thank you so much! I do remember meeting you. I hope you and your family are doing well. I think we’re getting on the mend here, at least if nobody else picks it up. 🙂 God bless you!

  2. God is in control,and he’s never late. Blessings to you! Tony

    • Amen, Tony! God bless you too!

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