Thursday, January 22, 2015

Out to Prove Something

A lady from my church pulled me aside before my wedding to share something with me. She hasn't been a missionary in the foreign sense of the word. She wasn't elderly. She didn't teach my Sunday school class. Yet what she said has stuck with me, for it came from a heart that had learned to trust the faithfulness of God. She told me that "God provides. Always. In His time, not mine, and often just when I need it." Her words have proven true many times, because God IS faithful to care for his own.

While traveling on deputation, Michael and I haven't hit a point where we wondered how we were going to pay for our gas, or the next meal, or the credit card bill. (Michael is great with money and had put quite a savings away.) However, God is still out to prove Himself to us, because we WILL have those times, and we will need to remember that God provides, always, and often just when we need it. I wish I took the time to write down more examples.

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The check engine light came on. Again. Michael had tried to fix it, but it refused to be fixed and pestered the dashboard again. In fact, the more Michael worked on it, the more warning messages flipped on. Apparently, it was an electrical problem, which would be expensive to have fixed.

Since my car ran great, ordinarily we would have just left it (and had for about six months). However, the tags expire soon, and in this Tennessee county, a car has to pass an emissions test to get new tags. It will not pass with a check engine light. Period. No questions asked.

With a move coming next month and a baby on the way, an expensive mechanic shop bill was not a welcoming thought at all. But then, neither is an expensive ticket for expired tags. So, we dropped my car off at the mechanics. A few days later, good news. They could fix it for only $90; far less than we expected to pay. What a pleasant surprise!
We would have picked up the car and paid the bill then, but I hadn't been feeling well, so we decided to wait a day.

That's not the end of the story though, for
God was out to prove something.

Dropping in at a church on Wednesday evening, we were disappointed to find the pastor gone for a conference. And we arrived late, which is not a good idea on deputation. However, the people were warm and friendly, the sermon was encouraging, and the song leader did announce visiting missionaries were in attendance. We were invited to visit again when the pastor would be back. We prepared to leave, having enjoyed the service, but in all honesty, a bit disheartened.

In the semi-darkness of the parking lot, a man accosted us. "Are you the missionaries?" he asked. We assured him that yes, indeed we were. He shook our hands, and we began to walk toward our car. "Actually," he said "God told me to give you this." He pressed a bill into Michael's hand. We thanked him and went on our way. People often give us $20 bills, and we are very grateful.

But this was not ordinary. It was no $20 bill. Michael and I looked at the bill staring back at us from our hands a bit astonished and humbled. One hundred dollars! Exactly enough to pay the mechanic's bill the next day, plus tax. Wow. That could not be coincidence. Once again, God proved Himself faithful to care for his own.

"O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him. O fear the Lord, ye His saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The youn lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing. Come, ye children, hearken unto me: and I will teach you the fear of the Lord."
Psalm 34:8-11