What, exactly, is this "daily bread" which Jesus promises that God provides? In the case of the birds, this supply is a daily source of food and sustenance. In the case of the lilies, it is an inherent grace and beauty that money cannot buy. Jesus describes God's provision of daily bread that is suitable to fulfill our human needs as well as our deep, spiritual needs.
Jesus also does not instruct us to pray for our weekly supply of bread, or enough grain to fill our storehouses and last throughout the winter. Our Father's supply is always available, so we shouldn't waste our time and energy stockpiling material supplies for ourselves. Our needs are already provided -- on tap, from God. Thinking that we are in charge of creating material wealth to supply our own needs only distracts us from the understanding that our Father richly supplies us.
I have had the opportunity to witness the revelation of God's plan many times. On three occasions, I've found a job inside of a month. These jobs were no coincidence, but a result of knowing God takes care of my needs. God's love and guidance were with me each step of the way.
So when I was laid off in December, it came as quite a surprise. For months, I had been reading articles related to finding a rewarding work-life balance. I was looking for a balance that would provide me with joyful employment and allow me to enjoy those precious after-work moments with my husband. When I received the news of my layoff, I was filled with fear, anger, and sadness. Initially, I began frantically to scour job-searching websites and submit online job applications. After weeks of no interest from prospective employers, I realized I needed a new perspective, and I finally began to see the possible blessing in this turn of events.
I spent more time praying, listening for divine guidance, and acknowledging my qualities of worth and individuality. As I let go of the mistaken idea that this job was my source of economic stability, happiness, and safety, the fog lifted from my attitude. Part of God's provision of income, camaraderie, and personal growth come through career opportunities, and I was grateful to God for providing me with jobs. Whether I got another job right away or not, God would show me the next place to be, where I would be valued, challenged, and supplied.
When I began to doubt my usefulness, employability, and value, I took a cue from Jesus. In The Lord's Prayer, Jesus gently reminds us that our divine Father is the King, and instructs us to acknowledge that God supplies our needs on a daily basis: