I have been asked again to share some of my writing with my church family in the form of a devotional for our church’s fall campaign. I thought I would go ahead and share them with anyone else who might be interested in reading them as well. So, here it is! I will share the others every other day until I get through them all. Hoping by then I have had an opportunity to do some more writing on some of my current thoughts!
On Time – Not Early
Philippians 4:12-13 – I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Back in 2010, my job came to an abrupt end on a sunny Tuesday afternoon in April. I had gone to work that day feeling like I was on top of the world after a very trying time showing my employer that I was the guy they needed in my position. I had fought hard to meet every demand and had even surpassed their expectations. I was feeling pretty good, and then I got a phone call telling me that they wanted to meet with me later in the day.
I went home that day in a cab with a little cardboard box on my lap that contained the remnants of 11 years of hard work and a pile of paperwork explaining my severance package. When I got home to face my wife and kids, all I could say was, “I don’t have to get up in the morning!”
Over the next couple of months, we watched as our savings went away and the job offers did not come in. Unemployment was taking forever, but the bills showed up right on time. We managed to keep the lights on and the mortgage paid, and through the generosity of family, friends, and church family, we even had food in the fridge. It was not looking good, but we always managed to find just enough when we really needed it.
Then the day came when I was leaving to go do some handyman work for some family members that had been paying me $100 a day. The plan was that I would go and work for two days, but I would spend the night away since gas money was tight. As I was leaving, my wife looked at me with fear in her eyes and told me that we needed $300 by Monday to make the mortgage payment. What were we going to do? I knew that I was going to make $200, but where would the extra come from?
I remember looking her in the eye and saying that I didn’t know how it was going to happen, but God was going to provide it. I think back to that moment and remember that for some reason I really believed it. I couldn’t explain it! After all, it was Friday morning and I was leaving for two days. What was I thinking?
On my drive downstate I had an hour with myself and I used it talking to God. I prayed Psalm 27:13 to Him and talked to Him about the fact that my family needed to see His goodness by Monday. I shed tears, and I praised Him for what He was going to do. I didn’t know how, but I knew He would take care of it.
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. – Psalm 27:13
I spent the next two days under the floor of a cottage crawling around in a damp crawlspace, and finally it was time to go home. I collected my check, folding it in half and putting it in my pocket without looking at it, hugged goodbye and got in the car to head north. I was still wondering what the next day might give me in work so I could make that mortgage payment.
I got a call from my wife when I was about halfway home. She asked me if I got paid and I said of course I did as I reached into my pocket to fish out the check. When I opened it I saw that it had been written for $300 instead of the usual $200. God had come through with a whole day to spare!
Since that day I’ve seen God do a lot of things “just in the nick of time.” I have seen how He has changed my level of contentment. I have seen Him bring me from pride in myself to a dependence on Him. Our mortgage payment was not made because I went out and really worked hard. God honored that, but I believe with all of my heart that my mortgage was kept current because I had faith and He held the solution.
- Where do you need to have a moment of humility so God can work His miracles?
- Are you willing to truly trust God with the big things and the little things?
- Do you see worry as a sin that hinders God from working in your life?
Father, sometimes we need to know despair before we can truly know what it feels like to feel dependence on You. Let my pride be brought low so that I may be in the position of humility before You. Open my heart and eyes to see You at work in my life, and let my faith grow RELENTLESSLY as I praise You for the mighty things You do!