Welcome to the “Be Fully Persuaded” series! The past several years have been amazing for my family. We have seen God take care of our physical, spiritual, and emotional needs in ways that go beyond anything we ever imagined possible. Today I share a story of how God provided for us before we even realized there was a need! I pray that it will encourage you in your faith as you wait on God for the answers to your prayers. (We’re still waiting on things too!)
Next week, I will have the first guest writer share her story. Be sure to come back to see how God is working in the lives of other families too! (You can read other posts in the series here.) I want Romans 4:20-21 to become a reality for all of us:
Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
Romans 4:20-21 (NIV)
Before We Knew the Need
We travel to Children’s Hospital with our younger daughter for appointments with various specialists regularly—sometimes once a month, sometimes more (like this month). Because of our frequent trips, we know down to the penny how much money we need to have for gas, snacks and drinks while on the road (we take those with us), one fast food meal, and co-pays and other payments. We try to have “extra” money with us, just in case, but we rarely need it.
One particular trip, we just didn’t have any “extra” money available for the trip. My husband wasn’t happy about the girls and me being on the road with no cushion, but I assured him that we had just enough and would be fine. The girls and I left for church for Wednesday night activities. We would be leaving the next morning.
When I got home from church, a car I didn’t recognize was sitting on the street at the end of my driveway. My husband wasn’t home from work yet, so this made me more than a little uncomfortable. I told the girls to go into the house as quickly as possible so I could lock the door behind us. As I was herding everyone inside, I heard someone call my name. It was a woman’s voice, so I turned and saw one of the women from our church.
I was surprised to see her but greeted her and told the girls to relax. The woman handed me a bulky envelope and told me she knew we were making a lot of medical trips and felt led to go around and ask people at church to make a donation to help us with expenses—medical or household. I was overwhelmed but managed to thank her, and she left.
I put the girls to bed and sat down to open the envelope and read the card. I quickly understood the envelope’s bulk. There were bills of various denominations stuffed into it haphazardly. I sorted them out and counted the money. I was shocked at how much money there was!
When my husband got home, we agreed that I would take a portion of that money, and he would deposit the rest in our bank account. I was confident that we would have more than enough for the trip. It turned out differently than I imagined.
During that medical visit, we were unable to leave the hospital to eat lunch, so that knocked out the chance to eat off the dollar menu somewhere. We spent much more on lunch than I had planned, but because of the gift we’d been given, we were okay.
On the way home from the hospital, the van’s engine light came on. It stayed on all the way home, but we made it home safely. My husband took it in the next morning, and we had to have a relatively minor repair made. Within a few days, we also had an unexpected bill come in.
Where did we find the money to pay for these unexpected expenses? You guessed it. The money God provided for us before we ever left town covered every unexpected expense that came up during and after that trip. I felt very loved when I realized how He had met our needs before we knew we had them!
Matthew 6:8 says that God knows our needs before we ask Him. He proved that in this case because we didn’t yet know to ask!
How has God met needs for your family (or someone you know) before the need was evident?