I taught myself to use Photoshop when I was working at WSU Libraries, somewhere between 2006 and 2010. With it, I made cool little pictures and graphics for the signs we used internally.
It was only after I left the library that I realized how expensive Photoshop actually was. I’d used it on a couple of other computers since then, but I never had access to it myself. I had used several of the cheap, free versions online, but nothing quite worked exactly the same. And it wasn’t the end of the world, but it sure would have been nice to have.
I was saying as much the other day, because having Photoshop sure would have helped out with all the graphic design I’ve been doing recently, when my dad pulled Photoshop Elements 10 out of his computer drawer. Apparently he’d gotten it for Christmas or his birthday ages back and hadn’t really used it.
And I got Photoshop, just like that. I hadn’t really even asked for it, and God had already figured out how to get it to me. But then God’s always doing that. He’s always going ahead of me and preparing things in advance, just like the Bible says in Psalm 37:18-19, “Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent, and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever. They will not be disgraced in hard times; even in famine they will have more than enough.”
It doesn’t matter if it’s a computer program that you need or if it’s a car or a job or a meal. It’s all the same to God. If it’s something you need—really, truly need—He’ll provide it. The trouble we run into is the timing.
I think I need something right now. If you had asked me ten years ago if I needed Photoshop, I would have said: “Yes, absolutely!” And, sure, if someone had given it to me then, I wouldn’t have said no. But did I actually NEED Photoshop back then?
Not really. It would have been nice, but it wasn’t essential to the work I was doing.
God waited until I didn’t think I needed it anymore before He let me have it.
If you’d asked me six years ago if I needed it, I would have said yes, because it would have saved me a lot of trouble using web-based graphic design applications. But I was able to use the tools I had at that time to fulfill my needs. I didn’t really NEED Photoshop.
And, actually, I don’t really NEED Photoshop right now. I’ve learned to make do with what I have. I’ve learned to be content with what the Lord has already given me, but with the amount of my own design work that I’m doing, Photoshop would have been handy.
Ironic that God waited until I didn’t think I needed it anymore before He let me have it.
What we need and when we need it are two concepts that people get muddled pretty easily, and I’m thankful I decided to trust God for both of them. He knows what I need better than I do, and He certainly knows when I need it too. So my best bet is just to trust Him because He’s never late, and He’s never early.
So what do you need today? And when do you need it? Are you sure about that? Or are you willing to trust God’s judgment on the matter instead of your own?