As happens so often in life, I thought this year we could get ahead. When I took this position as a preschool teacher, I decided we'd put at least half my salary in savings to build it back up, and increase our contributions each week, and maybe have that needed cushion each month so we wouldn't have to draw from our savings like we had been.
God had other plans.
Right after I was hired, our alternator died. It had to be replaced. Thanks to the new job, we had most of the money needed for that big expense.
Okay. so this next month we'll put some aside ...
No. Then, the pump for the power steering fluid died. We drove around several weeks with our van making funny noises and the steering wheel a little harder to turn than normal. Then, we used my paychecks to fix that.
Nope. We need new tires.
I could sit down and cry over this, bemoan the fact that my plans to save money never work. I could worry and fret and wonder if we'll ever be able to live more comfortably than month-to-month. But I'm not going to.
God has opened my eyes to see the truth of this situation. You see, I thought He had given me this opportunity to bring in more money to save up for the future.
Instead, He knew everything that was about to happen and that we needed a cushion. And He gave us just what we needed.
And I'm okay with that. Despite how often He has made sure we have what we need plus some extra, I still struggle with remembering to trust that He will continue to do so. I'm a work in progress, but I'm trying.
What about you? Were there times you forgot God always takes care of us? Was there sometime He gave you just what you needed before you even realized you would?
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