Feb. 11, 2008
One of the most unique gifts mother received for her 90th birthday is a Mayonnaise Jar, filled with 90 folded one dollar bills, one for each year of her life. She was astounded when she opened the package. There was a beautiful card with it, explaining that the giver, our friend Kimmy, had been touched by my story about the Mayonnaise Jar.
When we were growing up, mother and daddy were dairy farmers. Dad milked the cows twice a day and mother pasteurized the milk. She sold it for $.70 a gallon to folks who drove over here to buy it. Usually, they would pay with a half dollar coin and two dimes.
Mother collected the dimes and put the half dollars in the Mayonnaise Jar, which we kept hidden under the tea towels in a drawer in the kitchen. When we would need to buy something, she'd always say, "Go get the money out of the jar." It never ran dry and there was always enough to get what we needed.
It became a metaphor for me over the years of God's unending provision for us, visual proof, if you will, of Phil 4:19: "And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." And yes, I do know that mother's jar never ran dry because she worked day and night to make the money to put into it, but as a child, it really struck me as wonderful that there was always enough money to buy what we needed at the time. It's one of the reasons that I do not worry about money, because I know that God has a bigger "Jar," which never runs dry either, no matter how big or how wide or how deep our needs may be.
He doesn't always give us what we think we want at the moment, but He always meets our needs. We regularly get e-mails from missionaries and preachers who are working in foreign fields and would like some financial help from us. I always tell them that if God called them to their mission field, He will supply their needs. If He didn't call them, then they don't want to be there anyway. It's how The Glory Road has always operated, for we sell nothing. Everything we have on the website is free to anyone who wants it. During the times this fall when my Internet connection was down, I said, "Father, without the Internet, this ministry cannot exist. If You want us to continue, please do something to fix it."
He did and He always has, no matter what the need has been. The day He does not, we'll know that this part of our journey is completed. It's a wonderful way to walk, because He is fully responsible for all things. What He called us to, He will provide the means to do, and knowing that allows us to enter into His rest, and let Him do His works through us.
Jan and Lenny Antonsson
17178 Highway 59, Neosho, MO 64850 (Snail Mail Address)
The Glory Road
This writing was uploaded to the web 02/14/08,
by Jan Antonsson, webmeister,
and last updated 02/17/08.