This entire year has been a testimony to our faith. There have been so many stories and blessings this year, but I figured it was time to share one of my favorites.
If you’ve been reading my blog regularly, you may remember that I’ve previously talked about the struggles we have had financially in 2014. Starting in January we got hit with huge unexpected expenses one right after the other, and they haven’t quite ended but God has continued to provide for us through everything.
After Paul’s visit to the ER in February, we were getting hit with all sorts of medical bills. Unfortunately, we had to hit Paul’s deductible before his insurance kicked in. Unfortunately, our income varies month to month. We know what to expect for my job, but Paul’s job was purely commission based. It varied every month, and with all of these bills coming in it was a little overwhelming. Paul and I got a little stressed out, but we continued to pray about it.
One day, Paul got a call from someone about a product he sells. This gentleman was referred to Paul by a friend who had met Paul at a trade show the year before. This person never actually worked with Paul or bought from Paul and he ended up leaving the industry, but over a year later he referred his friend to Paul.
So Paul answers the phone, and begins talking to him. Soon they determine that the products Paul sells is exactly what this man is looking for. I believe his exact words to Paul were, “You’re an answer to my prayers”. A few days later, the order is placed. Paul immediately tells me the sale and the commission he will receive, which is almost exactly the same amount as one of his medical bills.
The best part of the whole sale was that this gentleman’s company was Christian based, and included the acronym “TYL”, which just happened to stand for “Thank you Lord”. If that was not God showing us to trust in Him, and to know that He will provide for us, I don’t know what is. This man told Paul he was an answer to his prayers, little did he know he was an answer to ours.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:25-27