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Trusting the Lord’s Promises Part 1 of 4
The sharing of my faith is often met with derision. An ex-supervisor and once devout Jewish woman said in her disbelief, “You only believe in God because you need him.”
As a part of American History we speak of the market crashing in 1929, 2008, and in 2020. For the purposes of the next provision met by the hands of God I’m referring to the market crash of 2008. I had lost my job from a Fortune 500 Company, but was laid off early enough to secure employment while companies were still hiring. This was a miracle in itself. Although employed, I was caring for my two children, my uncle and his daughter, my then boyfriend and his daughter, and myself. A total of seven. My uncle received disability and helped pay a portion of our rent. All children were under the legal working age limits and my then boyfriend worked in construction when it was available and it was rarely available. All around, you would see construction sites halted, mom and pop shops shut down, and car lots repossessed. Needless to say everyone was depending on my nominal income, which was not enough to support seven.
The only government assistance I received at this time was Medical (California Medicaid) and I had learned very well how to make a dollar stretch. I was significantly behind on rent and the landlord had every right to have us evicted, but understood our plight and did his best to help. I would usually repay him with my income tax refund. Our tenant landlord relationship is another miracle I will tell of later. Along with being behind on rent it was a struggle to keep up car payments and I found myself having to choose between rent, food, or car payment, when I needed the car to get to the job to pay the rent and put food on the table.
During this time I somehow managed to loan $60 to a friend. I have no clue what I was thinking. When I asked for repayment I was informed I’d have to wait a few days. With that I was prompted to seek a second job.
Friday night quickly arrived and like Mother Hubbard both our cupboard’s and refrigerator appeared bare. I spoke out my prayer in the middle of our kitchen quoting and paraphrasing Matthew 6:25-34 ” Okay God you said I didn’t have to worry about food. My cupboards are bare Lord. You said do not be anxious or worry about what we’ll eat for You know what we need and we need food.”
Matthew 6:25-34 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Immediately after calling on God I heard an audible voice speak the following instructions, “take everything out of your cupboard’s and refrigerator and place it all on top of your kitchen table.” When God speaks you respond in action. In obedience I followed His command and began to take everything I could find and placed it on the table. We soon discovered we had oil and flour, eggs and salt, baking powder and baking soda, cake mixes, and a few other like items. We celebrated our discoveries and had a very enjoyable and memorable baking night with the kids. We baked pancakes, cakes, and other pastries that evening with plenty left over for the following morning and lunch.
To be continued…