God is amazing. That alone could sum this post up, but if you’re interested, keep reading.
It’s been rough lately. Financially, we, like many people in these times, have really been stretched to the max. If you know me, you know we don’t live extravagantly: we’ve trimmed the fat from the fat, so to speak. But no matter what, there always seems to be one more bill, one more need, one more thing that has to get done. As the old saying goes, lately, there’s been way too much month left at the end of the money. Amanda and I both have been doing everything we can to try and make extra cash, only to have it seemingly disappear into the ether.
As you know, that takes a toll after a while. I believe I’ve read that finances are the #1 strain on marriages today. It’s been especially tough on me when, as the man, I see it as my duty to provide for my family. My wife encourages me greatly in my job, which we both see as a ministry, but sometimes, it’s just hard. Like this past week. It was just one of those “everything that can go wrong…will” weeks.
Yesterday, at church, our pastor spoke on the hope that we have in Christ. Teaching from Luke 8, he reminded us of the hope that Jairus and the woman with the “issue of blood” had to put all their trust and hope in Jesus, because there was no where else to put it. And Jesus never fails. Never. As my pastor said, His timing is always perfect. He’s never late, and he’s never surprised by anything. Duh! He’s God! But oh how often I forget that!
Well, we went home a bit more encouraged, but still pretty beat up. I left for work this morning, and just prayed that my wife would have a better day (she did). Now, I told you all that to tell you this part, so listen up.
When I got home tonight, I opened the garage door and made my way into the house. As I stepped inside the garage, I noticed an envelope on the ground near the door. I figured Amanda had dropped some mail after getting it out of the box. I bent down and picked it up, turned it over and read “May God richly bless you.” That’s it.
Inside: $200. Which just happens to be enough to cover a medical bill that came in the mail. Today.
Coincidence? I think not.
As Amanda and I stood in the kitchen dumbfounded, she was crying, and I couldn’t stop laughing! God is SO good! And like PR said, His timing is always perfect. Always. So, if you’re doubting, struggling, hurting, or looking for something to hope in, trust in Jesus! He loves you, cares for you, and has promised to meet all our needs according to HIS riches, not ours.
To God alone be the glory! Great things He IS doing!