Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
We were upnorth grocery shopping in the only grocery store north of Saginaw, namely Glen's. It's a nice enough store but a bit pricier than those closer to home. I guess they figure they have the market cornered, being the only corner market within a two hour drive.
Anyhoo, was walking down the aisle when lo and behold! A gluten-free section! Not a large one, but just about as much to offer as the one in my local Kroger! This may not seem like much to you, but in this family it's comparable to manna from heaven. We have had two choices when headed up north for Jay; extreme creativity (aka boring meals of meat and taters) or packing a giant box of groceries to haul with us. Either option would ultimately leave me, at some point in the week, frustrated because some necessary item had been forgotten or couldn't be found. Yeah, I'll admit to a few trips to the porch swing to sniffle at my inability to deal with my son's disease.
As of the present moment, Glen's gluten-free offerings coupled with my own ongoing education about how to feed the boy; the world is his gluten-free oyster. I can make cornbread or brownies. I can fry chicken in corn meal and whip up some peanut butter cookies. And this time, no sniffles on the swing. It's a big deal, trust me. This year the kid ate and ate and ate. This year we stopped at Zhender's in Frankenmuth for lunch on the way home and I had remembered to put some gluten-free bread into my purse so he could enjoy the fresh raspberry preserves and cheese spreads that he usually sits patiently by watching us eat. No knot in my stomach.
It's getting easier to live with this nasty disease that I still refuse to accept. God is providing the means of escape he always does for his children. On the way home daboyz took turn riding shotgun and I sat in back. When it was Jay and I in the back after our big Bavarian lunch, he laid sideways on the seat and put his head in my lap, "I'm stuffed and sleepy." I put my hand on his head which is what I do whenever I get the chance to say a silent prayer over his or his brother's life. And of course, in Jay's case the prayer always includes a request for healing. Then I noticed his tummy just the slightest big protruding over the waist of his size 32 jeans and I grinned. This too, a big deal.
God does indeed supply all of our needs according to his riches. And sometimes, the riches are gluten- free. And oh, the glory of it!