I can’t believe it has been over a month since I posted. There has been so much going on in my life that I could have had all sorts of semi interesting material to post…
Tony has been at his new job all month now. It is going great! It has been an amazing answer to months and years of prayer.
We went through very tough times that seemed like they would never end. It was beginning to seem that there was no hope. Now I see that we needed to go through that storm for a reason. Being poor showed us what was really important in life. No matter how bad things got, we still had each other. We had our health, and all of our basic needs were taken care of. We still had God, and the right to openly worship God. It was amazing that when we had no idea how we were going to pay our bills, we were (usually) able to step back and see how incredibly blessed we were.
Would we have realized how blessed we were if all of our needs were taken care of without having to put our faith and trust in God? I doubt it. It’s easy to fall into the trap of doing it all on your own when you think you have all the resources to do so. People are doing it all the time. They think they can do just fine on their own, so they either don’t acknowledge God, or they put God into a nice little compartment of their lives so they don’t have to be bothered with Him until Sunday morning. Then they go through life feeling the unquenchable emptiness of a life without a relationship with Jesus Christ.
God gave me an opportunity to truly find Him. I am so thankful for that. (Let me just point out that He gave me many opportunities to find Him and know Him throughout my life, but I was usually too blind to turn to Him)
Another thing I learned is that our marriage was strong enough to get through poverty, which often destroys marriages (again, Thank You God!).
We learned to trust God through the worshipful act of tithing, even when we already can’t make ends meet. (We can’t, but God can!)
We were forced to humbly ask others for help. (That was a tough one!)
And we will forever have a heart for the poor.
Don’t misunderstand. I am not saying we are all the sudden rich or something. Not at all. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We are going to be OK. We will wisely spend whatever God gives us in a way that is pleasing to Him. It all belongs to Him anyway.