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 about surviving job loss and dealing with a medical crisis. 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!)
In the coming weeks, I will share our stories and will have guest writers who will share theirs. (You can read other posts in the series here.) In the process, 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)
Job Loss and Medical Crisis, Part 1
In the fall of 2006, my husband’s job ended. The girls were 3 years old and 1 year old then. We received one last paycheck, which covered our bills until the end of the month. (And we went ahead and paid those.) We had less than $100 in grocery money and only $300 in our savings account. Because of our particular circumstances, getting unemployment benefits wasn’t guaranteed. There was no job waiting in the wings. We had absolutely no idea what to do next, so we prayed.
Our younger daughter finished up a round of antibiotics for another ear infection, and it seemed like she was better. Then, the day after our health insurance lapsed, Princess Roo woke up during nap time. She was crying. No, screaming. I knew something was terribly wrong. She wouldn’t let me hold her. She wouldn’t be consoled at all. She rolled around in the floor of her room, tearing her hair out by the handful because of the pain. I cried and prayed—and called the pediatrician’s office.
Because we didn’t have health insurance, I was told that I would have to pay $82.00 in cash to come into the clinic. I didn’t know what else to do, so I made the appointment, checked the grocery money envelope, and found just enough money to pay for the visit.
At the clinic, I was told that Princess Roo’s ear infection had not resolved. It was back—and worse than ever. She was given a Rocephin shot, and I was told to bring her back the next two days for another shot each day. I was also warned that ear tubes were probably in our future.
During checkout, I was told that we would be billed for the shots, and that I would have to pay another $82.00 each time I brought Roo back for the shots she needed to kill the antibiotic-resistant infection. I had no idea how we would pay for those visits. We were down to $300, had wiped out our grocery money envelope, and had no job prospects on the horizon. We prayed fervently.
The next morning a friend called and asked if she could stop by the house on her way to work. I was getting the girls ready to go back to the clinic, but I told her that was fine. When she came in, she told me that she had felt led to empty her change jar that morning. On the way to town, she stopped to put all the change through a coin counter at the bank, and then she brought the money to us. The amount? $82.00. The second doctor’s visit was covered.
That gift was such a boost to our faith! Trusting that God would take care of us and our precious girls, we took money out of savings to pay for the third visit so that Roo could get the last shot in the series. The good news was, it worked! She was well, but all of that changed a few weeks later.
To read the rest of the story, click here.
How have you seen God’s faithfulness to your family (or someone you know) during a job loss?