Saturday’s Story for HIS glory
By a Christ Follower from IL.
I had been teaching for over 15 years in Minneapolis Public Schools in North Minneapolis and was pretty secure, financially. I enjoyed living in my Brooklyn Park, Minnesota townhouse that I had purchased about five years ago and also enjoyed driving my new arctic white Mercedes Benz, 300 4Matic. Well, it was new to me, even though it was a 3 year old pre-owned car with 30,000 miles on it. Life seemed to be going just fine and I was in a good place and space. I was happy and content.
My life in Brooklyn Park was good and I was at peace. I was close to the Cub grocery store, my church, Blue Oaks, and Lifetime Fitness where I enjoyed working out. I was also close to a shopping mall in Maple Grove called The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes that had all the stores that I liked. I would often go shopping at Talbots, Black and White Market, Ann Taylor, DSW, Marshalls, and T.J. Maxx. I found myself shopping more than I needed to and as a result of this, I accumulated a lot of bills.
One Saturday evening I decided to do my bills. I walked into my second bedroom which had a desk and a comfy office chair and began to look at my bills. I got my blue checkbook and stamps out of my purse and proceeded to peruse all of the bills that were on my desk. I opened up my checkbook, looked at my balance, and wondered how I was going to pay all of these bills at once. I put them in piles according to the date in which they were due. It was the first of the month and my mortgage was due, the association fee, the cable bill, the electricity bill, my Discover card, and one of those department store bills.
I glanced at the balance in my checkbook again, looked at the balances of the bills, and wondered what I was going to do. How was I going to pay this month’s bills? Could I just put a little on each one and then make sure that my mortgage was paid? I just couldn’t figure it out. I sat there for hours trying to work it out and make sense of everything. After two hours and much frustration of trying to figure it out, I got up out of the chair and said to myself; I can’t figure it out. I am getting ready to take a nice hot shower, put on my red pajamas, and go to bed. I’ll look at them another day.
Well, I got up the following day, went to church at Blue Oaks, and did my lesson plans later that evening. I didn’t think about the bills on Sunday and decided to look at them Monday when I got home from work. I had a great day at school and was glad because I knew what task lay ahead when I got home. Before pulling up into my driveway, I stopped by my mailbox to check the mail. As I was going through my mail, I noticed an envelope from my US Bank mortgage company. What could this be? I got to my house, took off my coat, and sat down at the dining room table so I could go through my mail. I opened all the other mail before opening the letter from the mortgage company. At this point, I did not feel like seeing another bill. I opened up the envelope and it was a check for $111.95. I couldn’t believe it! Two days ago, I was sitting at my desk trying to figure out how I was going to pay my monthly bills. Now, I had an extra $111.95 and was ready to look at my bills again.
I went upstairs to use my black Dell computer to deposit my check, started writing checks for the stack of bills that I had, and put a stamp on each envelope. I then began to balance my checkbook. To my surprise, I was able to pay all of my bills for the month and even had a little extra. Once again, God had come through and had provided. The little check in the mail was an unexpected blessing. Minneapolis Public Schools was my resource, but God is my SOURCE. That day I came to know God as one of His many names; Jehovah Jireh, my provider!