Can I just tell you that I spend entirely too much time worrying about things?! Just Wednesday I was provided with fresh worrying material when the Toyota mechanic at the dealership informed us that our 2002 Sequoia needed new front and rear brakes, rotors, wiper blades, terminal for the battery, and on and on their list went! Yes, fresh fodder for this weary mind that has a lot going on at the moment!
Well, the total for the above repairs would have cost $1,400 as I mentioned in a previous post, which nearly gave me heart palpatations just thinking about it in light of other recent expenditures. We’re a one income family on a fairly tight budget, so huge unforeseen expenses are unwelcome financial intruders!
Our good neighbor across the street happens to be a Toyota certified mechanic and we’re also good friends with them. I tell you, the Lord planted them there to be a blessing to us and vice versa. My daughter often pals around with the young mom and her toddler, who is cute as a button! We called our good neighbor last night to see if he could install the parts if we picked them up. He said that it was no problem to order the parts and he could do the work today! Wow. Not even 24 hours later, he had our SUV up and running! He picked up the parts this morning and paid with his employee discount too! The parts cost $440 and he wanted to charge only $110 for labor. We couldn’t let him do that, so my husband will give him a check for $650. I know he doesn’t want to accept it and just wanted to be a blessing, which he was! But, we also believe in treating people fairly and showing our appreciation. We’ll have to bake him a cake soon. He loved the last chocolate cake my daughter made for them.
What a tremendous answer to prayer this is!! A savings of nearly $1,000! (If the parts only cost $440, that means the dealer’s mark up and labor was $1,000! Insane!)
God truly is so faithful to provide for our every need. Why do I spazz out and doubt then? “Lord, help my unbelief!” Ah, somehow I think trusting God is a lifelong lesson. God always provides and it’s not as if I didn’t think he would in this instance. I just didn’t know how! The timing couldn’t have been worse, but that’s when a pause is in order and deep breaths. How I thank God that His favor lasts a lifetime. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life!” He is so good to us, full of mercy, compassion and love!
So, the lesson here is trusting God no matter what the circumstances or the timing are. And, the bonus lesson is remembering how God provided this time when the next financial challenge comes along! In the Old Testament, they built a monument in the desert when God performed a miracle. Sometimes we need to also do that in our spiritual life today. Write down the praise reports. We’ve instituted a “Blessings Jar” where we write down all the great things God does for us throughout the year. And at the end of the year, it’ll be great to reflect back on! This testimony definitely qualifies a submission in the Blessings Jar!!
How has God provided miraculously for you lately? Have you praised Him for it? Built a monument?