Who could forget Mary Poppins’ carpet bag? If you’ve ever seen the movie, the carpet bag is quite synonymous with the arrival of Mary Poppins to the Banks’ house. And despite its limited size (which actually was rather capacious) it was able to contain all manner of large items from a mirror to a pot plant to a floor lamp even. It seemed that whatever Mary Poppins needed it was already in her carpet bag!
I would have to say that my handbag could give that infamous carpet bag a run for its money. In mine I have items for entertaining children, feeding them or distracting them. If you have a headache – sorted – I’ll have something in it for that too. Need dettol or a wet wipe – just see me! There’s mints and tissues. Generally if I need something when I’m out and about, chances are it will already be in my handbag.
It’s the same with God. When we are going through something, chances are He has already given us a tool to help. He has already equipped us with something to get us through. It might be a prophetic word, a Scripture, a dream. But if you look over your history with God, you will find it. So for me, often when I am walking through a trial, a challenge I look backwards – I look over my journal, my prophetic words, reread my dreams to see what key God has already provided for me.
Today, I’m walking through this in a more practical way. Recently we were blessed with the gift of a car. It was an incredibly generous gift, out of the blue and so blessed us. Today, I stood outside our house and watched our family car be loaded onto a tow truck. Engine trouble the AA man said. And as I watched the car be towed away, I realised that in that gracious and generous gift of a car, was God’s provision for what He knew lay ahead for us. Our car had broken down but God had already provided the solution for us. We’d already been equipped for what we are now walking through.
I may hope that my handbag trumps Mary Poppins; bag, but I know for sure that God trumps me and Mary Poppins every time!