Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wonder-Working, Awe-Inspiring, Jehovah-Jirah
Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him; talk ye of all his wondrous works. Psalm 105:2
How can we put into words any description of the God we serve? And, yet, how can we sit quietly without talking of his wondrous works?
Today, I asked God for a big work. Yeah, I know, has He not done enough for me already? Am I Doubting Thomas? Stepping out in faith, committing to the mission to South Africa, having no clue where the finances would come from, I am WAY out of my comfort zone.
Stan and I agreed that we would take nearly all of our savings to purchase the airline tickets for Josie-Tatum and me. I think his words were, "We've lived on less." We stepped out in faith, trusting that God would provide. But, like Martha, I had begun to think He was four days late.
We were beginning to see red.....and, while red is the color of celebration in China, our bank has a different perspective. Many have contributed, and, as soon as our current fund raiser is finished, I will enjoy changing the amount below our header....but funds were really falling below sea level.
Today was pay day for both of us, so I knew we would rise above the surface, catch up a little, buy some more time to make up for the $3,100 we had already paid out for airline tickets.
I went to our online banking screen to see where we stood. There was my check and Stan's check listed, as we have direct deposit. But, there was something wrong with Stan's check. It was $973 too much! No, not $9.73, but $973.00. I knew there must be a mistake. We are both state employees. We can neither one make over-time, etc. We work for a straight salary/contract amount. I waited all day, until after school to call him at the prison. (He's not a prisoner, BTW, he's an officer.) I told him what had happened.
One-and-a half hours later, he called back, "That money is ours!!!!!!!" He had so much comp time built up, and had so much unused sick time and annual leave, he was paid for his comp time, over-time, holiday pay, and days in training. Did you hear me shout? "Praise the LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
We all know Abraham was on the mountain, prepared to make a sacrifice I could never make, when God provided the sacrifice. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-Jirah, the LORD will Provide.
What inspiration He sends when I am living His word. And, I must shout, "Today, I was living trust." Then, the LORD did what only He can do, not what I expected, not what I imagined.
And, if I could share one more inspiration.
As Josie-Tatum and I have prayed that the LORD would provide for our trip, you have read of the gifts from children, one who gave a dollar, one who gave five dollars. Josie-Tatum and I did discuss the fish and the loaves, how Jesus fed thousands with the small gift of a child.
And, isn't is just like God when that very night, after I put the little girls to bed, that same story was part of my daily Bible reading? How had I forgotten? They took up of the fragments that remained twelve full baskets!! God not only provided for the needs, he had left-overs. He spoke to my heart, that I should not expect Him to provide only the $6,000 for our mission trip, I should expect left-overs. We had learned that week that the cost of sending one orphan to the school at Build the Nations is $585 a year. I told Josie-Tatum we were going to expect at least $585 more than we asked for, so we could make sure one more orphan goes to school.
Then, when God showed up today, I was surprised. ;) When I am I going to live every day expecting to see the promises of Ephesians 3:20? When will I learn to look for him to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine? Will you join me in looking for the unimaginable?