For fifteen years I worked as an agronomist, looking at corn and soybean fields once a week, and dropping off reports to farmers to help them properly manage their water, fertilizer, and chemical use. For those who are unfamiliar, this line of work required me to work six days a week, sunup to sundown. So when I found myself a single parent again, my bills went up $600 a month just to pay for daycare in the summer.
My boss was an agronomist as well. Being a territory manager, his work load was even more demanding, so I could understand how he could forget to turn my hours into payroll once…but TWICE!?! The fact that this happened right after my husband left us made paying bills even more difficult for me. I panicked and cried,
Lord, what am I going to do? I have got two small mouths to feed, no groceries, and no savings! What am I going to do?
Apparently I didn’t remember much from my previous post, Relax. After crying out to the Lord, and calling the payroll department only to be told they couldn’t help me (everything was automated), I surrendered. I admitted there was nothing more I could do about it, so I was going to do the only thing I could do, pick up my children from daycare.
She didn’t know my situation. I hadn’t yet said a word. However, when I walked in the front door of my daycare lady’s home she said,
Can you use all this food in our fridge? I have to keep it full for the daycare kids, but we are going on vacation for a week, and it won’t last. There’s like two full bags of stuff in here, and I don’t want it to waste.
For a very rare moment I had no words. I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know which surprised me more, the speed of God’s answer or the complete abundance of it. I cried. Then, of course, she noticed so I had to tell her what happened. Without her even realizing it, God used my daycare lady to provide for my broken little family! I am constantly amazed at his foresight, generosity, and gentleness. My life has been a mess, but never once did I feel like my Father looked down on me or showed disappointment in me. He just tenderly picked up the pieces of my life, and put them back together again. Nobody has loved me like my God!! No one will love you like our Father in heaven as well! Thank you, Father!
Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.” 1 Kings 17:2-4
We shall have trials and troubles but we who love, believe and walk with our lord Jesus know to keep our trust and to focus on him. He will provide.
Yes, he always does, though sometimes not like I expect! Lol