Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
I knew that the day would come where I would write about God’s special, prayed-for provision for me; I just didn’t know it would be today. God never lets us know His future plans for us, so the phone call I received today was a delightful surprise.
In 2010 I decided to return to college to get a degree in Social Work. As I began preparations, the economy took an even bigger nose dive in Phoenix and I was rapidly running out of money. Few people were hiring me (I paint murals) because I perform a luxury service. I had to let a lot of material things go: my car, my home, my garden and a lot of the extra’s I was used to. I had a big garage sale and then gave away things I could not use in my soon to be apartment home. I did a major downsize in my life. By now my trust in the Lord was strong and I knew that He would take care of my needs; I simply needed to be willing and available. My Trust in the Lord ministry began during this period because I had so much more time on my hands. Quite honestly, God used the recession to further His kingdom.
Friends picked me up for events, church and grocery shopping. I spent more time with many of them because we drove places together, which has been so nice. School is all on line at this point and when I do paint murals, I have rented a car. It all worked out pretty well and while I missed my freedom, I learned to live a much simpler life. A small book could be written about all God has taught me over these past 15 months. Stay tuned!
School is soon going to be in person and by now I have been really eager to volunteer at a Hospice Center where I hope to one day work. For both of these situations I needed a car so I began asking God about a month ago to provide something that could take me where I need to go. I was willing to drive almost anything and even considered a little Vespa motorcycle but my cop friend said no way, not in the Phoenix traffic.
God did “immeasurably more than” I asked. Or imagined. When the phone rang, it was my friend Mac whose mother had passed away a few weeks earlier. We chatted for a while, catching up and then she told me that she and her husband Russ wanted to give me, with no strings attached her mother’s car. With tears easily flowing, I was overcome with gratitude to both Mac and Russ but mostly to the Lord for placing it on their hearts to surprise me with a wonderfully taken care of sedan.
Yes, God does answer our prayers . . . in His time, not ours. I had a few lessons to learn first. Big lessons and small, but all that have changed my outlook on giving to others.
To Him be the praise and the glory. Forever and ever. Amen.
What is it that you most need? Not want, but need? Ask the Lord to provide for you exactly what it is according to His will. And wait to see Him work in your life!
Father, You are my provider and I thank You for all You do for me. Every day of my life, You provide, over and over again.
Trusting in Him,
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