Saturday, September 25, 2010
A Mysterious letter arrived a few days ago. It was from a relative I rarely talk to. I have seen him twice in seventeen years. But we are very close, and even though we hardly talk, we are there for each other.
When the letter was announced, I was shocked. I opened it up and found money inside. The note said, "I was told to give this to you." My assumption was that he felt let by the Lord to send me the money. Instead of being happy, I was puzzled. In What way did the Lord intend for me to use this money? I started to think of all the needs we have: Car repairs, winter clothes for the children, food, bills, etc. Lately, I had been wearing nylons with runs in them. Amy would point it out to me and say, "Mom your nylons are ruined! They have runs in them." I would shrug and say it was okay. The nylons were getting worse. She would say, "You can't wear them. They have holes in them!" I would hold my head up and say, "It's the style." There was nothing else I could do. I could not bring myself to spend money on myself when there were so many other pressing needs. I wondered if buying nylons, and other things, was the purpose of the money? But I didn't dare touch it. I put the money aside.
Then I prayed. What was the money for? I wanted the Lord to reveal it to me. I worried a crisis was coming and this might be the provision.
The next morning was payday. I went over our bills and prepared our weekly budget. Then I realized something. There was a large shortage. There was not enough money for food or other bills which had come in. Do you know that horrible feeling you get when you realize you don't have enough cash to get through the month? It is a stabbing pain in the heart. There is a silent groaning in the soul, crying out to God for help. It is a helpless prayer of desperation.
Then it hit me - The Lord had provided the money in advance to cover this loss, before I had even thought to ask. I was shocked and grateful. . . and I was crying.
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