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 finish up a story about surviving job loss and dealing with a medical crisis. (If you missed Part 1, you can read it here.) 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 2
(If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, please read it now.)
My husband got some part-time work that was paid on commissions only, but at least we had the opportunity to bring in something while he looked for full-time work. We realized how critical it was to have medical insurance, so we began researching our options, although we had no idea how we would pay for it.
In the meantime, we applied for the state’s program for uninsured and under-insured children. It took a few weeks, but the girls were approved based on our (lack of) income. We knew this was only a temporary solution, but it was something.
It turns out that it came through right on time. The week after the girls were approved, Princess Roo developed another ear infection. This time, the pediatrician referred us to an ENT and told me that Roo would probably need ear tubes. The ENT got us in quickly, and he agreed with the pediatrician. He scheduled our Princess for surgery the following week.
In the middle of making all of these appointments and scheduling surgery, we had to be sure to get the right paperwork in place so the girls’ medical bills would be paid. I called a lady at the clinic where Roo’s pediatrician practices to give her the girls’ Medicaid numbers, and she entered them immediately. She also told me that Medicaid would pay the clinic for any bills incurred in the past 90 days, which included all of those visits and shots we had paid out-of-pocket when we first lost our health insurance.
She looked at our account and told me what the amount of our refund would be. It was just $20 shy of being able to make a house payment! I started to cry, and she asked why. When I explained our situation, she told me that she would have the check cut right away so that we would have the money to pay our mortgage on time. She was true to her word. We got the check a few days later and paid the house payment.
I took all of our paperwork to the surgery center where Roo would have the ear tubes put in, and everything was taken care of there too. I was left in awe (again) of God’s provision and His perfect timing.
Princess Roo’s procedure and recovery went well, and the bills were all taken care of, but it wasn’t long before we realized that Roo’s problem was much bigger than ear tubes alone could fix. But that’s a story for another time.
How have you seen God provide for your family (or someone you know) during a medical crisis?