Throughout our marriage, it seems that my Southern Man and I have been on a financial roller coaster, at times. We used to feel like we were the only ones in that situation, but we’ve learned that so many people can identify and many of them are far worse off than we’ve ever been. That makes us grateful for what we do have; we have been blessed in so many ways.
There have been several occasions when we’ve been in such financial dire straits that our only hope has been that God would answer our prayers and continue to provide. Do you ever wonder if God is listening? Well, He is! No matter how trivial and unimportant our requests seem to us, He is listening and answering. Let me explain.
In the mid-90’s, we were living in a condo in New Hampshire. Money was tight, rent was due, and we were short by $51. We were at our wits’ end, but what could we do? Nothing but pray for a miracle. The day before our rent was due, we received a reimbursement check from State Farm Insurance for…$51.01. Hmm…miracle!
Fast forward about 12 years, when we first moved back down here to Alabama and were still reeling from a financial crisis. It was a Sunday, we were down to our last $2 and were on our way to the store to spend it on a staple: toilet paper. As we were about to get into our car, a vehicle pulled into our driveway. It was the pastor of the church we had recently started attending. He and his wife got out and handed us a Walmart gift card, given to us by the church…MIRACLE!!
Then there was this past week. A little background: this move has also put a bit of a dent into our finances. Add to that a slow month for my Southern Man’s workplace, getting the kids back to school, much-needed new tires for my car, a.c. for our son’s truck, etc., life, etc., and we have been having some tight weeks. Cooking has been very…creative, lately. We’re just about there, though, so things will be well, as they always are, soon.
So, back to this past week: we got an unexpected gift check. We were able to take our son out to college, pay bills, and fill up our gas tanks, but we were still going to be a few dollars short on rent. Yesterday, I was going through the checkbook and our online account info, and realized that I’d forgotten to subtract a small sum. That didn’t help my feeling of dread, in spite of all my prayers for provision. Then I realized that I had entered a payment of $9.69 that my Southern Man had initially said he was going to make, but didn’t. I’d forgotten to add it back in. When I redid the checkbook, we were able to pay the rent and have exactly $1 left. As soon as I figured that out, I laughed. God did it, again! Miracle! Answered prayers!
They don’t have to be huge requests or grand schemes for God to listen and be involved. He is always there and, if you look back at your life, you will probably see His handiwork. Unless, of course, you believe in coincidences. I don’t. I sometimes stumble in my faith when things get tough and we have to fully rely on God, but I know that He is there and will provide for us as He always has, time after time with, in some cases, a fantastic sense of humor. Remember what He has told us all:
Matthew 6:25-34 (NKJV)
Do Not Worry
25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”