|Posted by Lorraine Serra on June 14, 2014 at 3:20 PM|
God always shows up!
I know that. He has proven Himself time after time. Yet, I still have times of worry and doubt, especially when it comes to finances.
Does that sound like you, too? Can I get an “Amen!”
The funny thing is, and the blessed reality is, God still shows up, even when my trust in Him falters. And, His timing is always perfect.
I remember a time when the Lord confirmed His promise to me from Matthew 6 “Do not worry about what you will eat or drink, or what you will wear (or how you will pay the rent!)….Look at the birds of the air…..your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they?”
Our business was failing, and we finally had to close up shop.
My husband, John, spent a long time unemployed or underemployed. We had three small boys and lived in a rented house, and even though our budget was slim, it was made slimmer by not knowing what lay ahead.
Many folks have walked through this kind of journey over the past few years with the downturn in the economy, so you may completely understand the stress and worry that can grip your heart.
As we found ourselves caught in an extreme situation, we were forced to do something I never ever imagined….sign up at the local food bank.
Talk about laying aside your pride! Whenever my boys and I piled into the car to “go shopping”, I always prayed I would not be seen by anyone I knew. So stupid!
The volunteers were always cheerful and compassionate. They always asked if I needed anything specifically for our children. They encouraged me that things would get better and invited me to take anything I needed for my family from the clothing room; and there were toys for the kids, too.
It was a challenge, and I didn’t always think I could pull it off, but, I decided that I would put aside my “poverty mentality” and be as cheerful as they were, and as interested in their lives as they were in mine.
Over the couple of years that we were blessed to visit the Food Bank, and I did come to receive it as a blessing, I got a firsthand glimpse of the hardships many people face at one time or another. I got to know some of the other families who “shopped” on Thursdays at 2pm.
May I just say, you never know another persons story. So, don’t judge. Just don’t.
My concerns over Christmas were alleviated when the Food Bank invited us to “shop” for gifts for our immediate family. Even the children were taken by the hand into a room filled with goodies they could personally pick out to give mom and dad for Christmas! What a surprise! What a blessing!
“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10
Friend, the difficult seasons of life are temporary. All of this life is temporary. But, we have an eternal Heavenly Father who knows our needs, and will supply them as we continue to place our trust in Him.
Did I ever expect to test my compassionate God in this way? No. But, in the struggle I learned that He is faithful, that He is deserving of my complete trust, and that His love never fails.
My complete trust, my "conscious cooperation" with God, is my loving offering each day, no matter what the day brings. I ask for His help to have courage to trust Him more and more. And, He gives it to me!
I pray you are encouraged to trust and believe that our Covenant God will always see us through, in His time, and in His way…..and we just might learn a thing or two at the same time!
Blessings to you!
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