“For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD sends rain on the land.’” 1 Kings 17:14
In our women’s Bible study at church recently, an older lady stated that God had provided for her many times throughout her life when they did not have enough money, even to the point of making things last longer than they should. Someone questioned whether God actually provides in this way, but the woman was adamant that God did these things for her. Her story reminds me of what God did for the widow and Elijah, quoted above.
I know God doesn’t provide for everyone in the same way, but He promises to provide for us whatever we need, whether it be to make appliances last longer than they should, or to provide the money we need to fix them, and/or the grace to get through the hard times as He helps us to cultivate peace in our hearts and to trust Him.
This past year and a half has been hard on us financially. Our income has been reduced quite a bit, and we have just enough to pay the bills now. We are learning that it is easy to say we trust God when we have plenty of money in the bank account. Really we were just trusting ourselves and our own money. Now we get to show that we trust God when unexpected expenses occur and that money is not there and we don’t know where it is going to come from!
One day, my husband Dave and I were looking at the budget. Things are so tight. All of the categories are maxed out. And then Dave opens the mail. A friend of mine who lives in another part of the country had sent me a Wal-Mart gift card for $250! Just randomly, out of the blue, for no reason. We were so amazed, sure it had been a mistake! But she said no, it was for us. I felt so blessed by her and by God. To me it was reassurance from God saying, “I am here. I see what you are going though, and I will take care of you.”
Shortly after that, I was driving my car home from my parents, and suddenly all the gauges stop working on the dashboard. I couldn’t see how fast I was going, how much gas I had in the car, or what gear I was in. I got the car home, and my husband took it to Autozone to have them test the computer. It was a bad circuit board, $300 just for the part. They said we’d probably have to take it to the dealer since it would have to be programmed. At least $500 total. We didn’t have this money!
My husband worked on the car several times, trying different things, but we were sure what the Autozone guys told us was the truth and there was no other possibility. One day, Dave looks at the battery and notices that it is not secured to the car. So he disconnects it and reconnects it. Then he drives the car around the block. Right before his very eyes, all the gauges go from not working to one by one working again. He said he just could not believe it. A miracle was happening right in front of him! God saved us at least $500 bucks, right there! And on top of that, during this time, the parking brake had also stopped working. It felt like something had snapped, and we knew it needed to be fixed at the mechanic. This wasn’t as big of a deal as the previous problem, but would you believe that a couple of days later, it just started working again too, totally inexplicably? We now had no reason to bring the car to the mechanic!
Also because my husband has started a new job, we have to wait for health insurance until December. We have short-term insurance in the meantime, but it does not have any copayments for doctor’s visits, only a $300 deductible. Would you believe that my youngest daughter hurt her knee and then her ankle? After much anxiety about whether to take her to the doctor, God allowed her knee healed on its own after about a week. But the ankle was taking longer to heal, and I was torn as to whether to take her to the doctor and to pay $500 to hear that we needed to keep doing what we were already doing: use the crutches and a boot (from my older daughter’s previous injury) and rest her ankle.
We decided to wait, and try the boot and crutches. Day after day, she just did not seem to be getting better. Her ankle really seemed to be bothering her, and I felt bad that I had not taken her to the doctor yet. Finally, I had determined that I needed to take her in within in the next day or two. Dave and I had been praying for her healing and we had both prayed that night. The very next day, my daughter comes home and says for the first time that her ankle was finally starting to feel better. I was so amazed! Again, God saved us so much money. On top of that, my two girls have been sick so many times since we haven’t had insurance. But would you believe not once did I have to take them to the doctor? God has provided the crutches and the boot when we could not afford it, and He has allowed the girls to get better without needing medical intervention.
It’s like having no ability to pay for these extra things ourselves attracts God’s intervention. We did not need God like this before because we could pretty much cover all our expenses ourselves. Now we are in desperate need of His help financially. We cannot do it ourselves. And so we get to see miracles. It is such a scary situation to be in, but it is also a little exciting to see what God is going to do next! We can trust God when things are hard. He will take care of us. He has promised to do so, and He has been doing just that!
God, we are amazed!
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