And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
During my senior year of college I worked 2 part-time jobs. I also took out student loans deviously misnamed a refund to support myself which I would later learn in life was poorly misused. (It’s how I purchased my first motorcycle, but that’s for another post.) I didn’t enjoy living from paycheck to paycheck, but I had the great hope that many young people possess. I thought that after obtaining my degree, I’d get a “real” job that compensated me well enough to pay my obligations, save on the side, and still have money to blow for life’s luxuries. It didn’t quite turn out that way, and if you see Sallie Mae, tell that homewreckin heifa I bet not see her in the street. ‘Gon make me lose my religion.
Despite the less than hoped for ending, God has truly blessed me. God is many things to many people, but I feel compelled to share a snippet of how He has been my Provider.
I have a 2009 Mazda 6 which I adore in comparison to the ’98 Saturn SL I drove before her. On December 12, 2012, I woke up and prepared for another workday. I had applied for a condo and needed to stop by the leasing office before going into work. Strangely I was able to drive to the leasing office with no problem, but the car wouldn’t start once I was ready to head to work. Fortunately, my place of employment was less than 5 miles away. I called my manager who came to my aid and gave me a jump. He was understanding of my situation and relieved me so that I could go to an auto parts store to get things squared away. I went to an Auto Zone where I was able to buy a new battery. It cost $121.83. You might be wondering why I remember the amount down to the penny of an item I purchased more than a year ago. It’s proof of my testimony (and also has the warranty information on it). The thing is no matter how much I may have felt inconvenienced at the time; I was being blessed in the midst of this mechanical failure. First off, things could have been much worse. What if I had gotten stranded far away from work and home? Who would I have called? Secondly, had this same situation happened even so much as a year earlier I wouldn’t have had the extra cash on hand to take care of the incident.
I’m reminded again of how well off I was in 2013. My birthday is in June. Usually if someone asks me what I want for my birthday I can think of something I had wanted in order to give them an idea of what to get. Maybe an Mp3 player or a pedometer or MONEY. Not this time. If you would have asked me this time, you would be met with silence. I didn’t need anything. The same scenario happened during Christmas of 2013. I had no wish list because I lacked no good thing.
I’m sorry to make this post so long, but I have to share the most recent instance of my Jehovah Jireh doing what He does best. I live in North Carolina. It snowed here a week ago. My son was out of school, but I still went to work before the snow had started. Once I left my job a good 2-3 inches had fallen. There’s more than one way to get to my babysitter’s house. I wanted to take the quickest route, but there was a traffic jam than prompted a detour. I would end up passing my own house to get to my babysitter’s. I was less than a mile away from my home when my car got stuck in the snow. A man in a truck saw my distress and stopped to help. He had a cable and was able to pull my car into a parking lot. He even offered me a ride, but I declined. I was within walking distance of my house. Thankfully, my babysitter’s husband also had a truck and dropped my son off at my house once I got home. What’s crazy is I didn’t even ask for help yet it was provided. Matthew 6:8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
After I got off from work this past Monday I walked out to my car and discovered I had a flat tire. It had just enough air that it was drivable. I planned to put some air into it to hold me over til the next morning. My plans were dashed when I realized I had left my purse at the office. I don’t have male friends. Male associates, yes. Male friends, no. I called my ex-boyfriend to see if he could change my tire. He obliged and even offered to take my car to get fixed while I was at work. (I don’t get off until 6 pm.) Ladies, don’t burn too many bridges. You never know when you’ll need a hook-up. Unfortunately, all of my tires needed to be replaced badly. There was no tread left. Fortunately, I had the money on hand to take care of everything.
I’m full of gratitude because I’ve been provided with everything I need to handle anything that comes my way. I’m also thankful for the people that have been placed in my life that are willing to lend a helping hand; even the strangers. One could expect family and friends to help out, but a stranger? You can’t tell me God isn’t good.