This week has been crazy. A learning experience for us. I always wonder what God is doing when little things happen that are frustrating and actually don’t even seem that little, instead HUGE at the time. We have been going through Dave Ramsey and learning how to spend our money wisely. For us it hasn’t been spending extra money, it has been making sure we pay ALL of our bills first and then work with what is left! It stinks! I hate it! But I am trusting that the end results will be worth it!
So this week pay day was unlike no recent pay day. Tim spent all Sunday night paying bills and writing checks (tithe first :)- all the things we are doing now). When all was said and done, we had 7.00 left in our account. Gas has gone up, so our gas money is even short! Ahhh. It can be stressful. But Tim and I both felt satisfied that everything was caught up and I assured him we would make it work…all wondering HOW we would.
THEN MONDAY CAME!!!!! Tim walked into the bank to get our cash out (another Dave R. rule). Well in our bank, Washington Mutual, a teller does not count cash and automatic teller does. Without thinking Tim walked outside to count the money…because seriously how often does a machine in a bank count money wrong? Well we are in the minority because they shorted him 80.00. He ran back in, but there was nothing to be done. Tim is one of the most honest men I know, but that is rare and the bank cannot take his word for it. He was bummed! He went back the next day to check and there was no record of shorting anyone money. He called me so frustrated. I told him not to worry. God was in control…and well maybe someone needed 80.00 and got it (hopefully not the bank :). I told him if I needed to I would back off on going places and we would just do what we could to make up for it. Although my feelings were wondering why God was in control of allowing 80 NEEDED dollars disappear from us with no fault on our part.
Well, today is Friday and Tim is on a 1/4 of a tank with less than 8.00 of gas money and 7.00 in the account to last us for another week and a half!!!! I still am not understanding, but today we feel loved. On the way out to school the kids came in and said “Mom and Dad, this has your names on it”. We opened up a yellow envelope and inside was written:
WOW! Now maybe someone heard Tim talking about it. I am not sure if this person knew we were out of 80 dollars and was deciding to fill a need, but whatever the reason, we feel extremely blessed. I am not sure they knew and that is even more amazing that they gave the exact amount. God is good. There are times when we feel lost and forgotten….and frustrated. I was reminded today that God is in control of EVERY situation. It may not make sense and it may not be fair, but today, through our situation, were able to see how God loves us.
To the person who met this need. THANK YOU! Tears come to my eyes as I write. You listened and blessed! Maybe you will never read this blog. Maybe you will never know our small story. BUT thank you for sacrificing for us this week and through it showing us how BIG and how AWESOME our God is! It will not be forgotten!!!!