As we received the text saying, “Congratulations! You are on record and you officially own your home,” I just smiled for a moment…no response, just an overwhelming realization of how good God has been to us. Up until now, this moment felt like nothing more than a dream, a desire, a hope. Now it is a reality. We are homeowners!
We will be celebrating 10 years of marriage this week, and during those 10 years financial struggle became the norm. So much so at one point we had to move in with family for about 3 1/2 years. Year after year we could not catch a break. We have been on the verge of getting evicted, surviving on credit cards due to lack of income, and at times, trying to survive on $20.00 a week. Quick story…we actually laugh about it now, but this will give you an idea of how bad it actually got. Early in our marriage Ebay was starting to get popular, so we decided to sell some of our stuff to pay off a few bills. While digging through our closet, we found some items that would actually be worth some money. Our feelings of relief lasted but a minute when we realized you needed .99 to open a PayPal account. Sadly we didn’t even have a dollar to our name.
Through those times we stood firm in our faith and trusted in the Lord. Don’t get me wrong…it was absolutely miserable, humbling, frustrating, and just down right depressing. Yet one thing remained and that was God’s hand on us. We stayed obedient to the Lord and continued to tithe what little we did have to our church. There were several times we looked at each other and said, “Do we eat today or write a tithe check?” Tithing is a principle that we strongly believe in and through it all we knew that if we just stayed faithful God would work it out in the end. We didn’t think the end of the tunnel would be 10 years later, but in the grand scheme of things the time frame is insignificant. What matters is that God has had favor on us and has blessed us beyond belief. You see, when God promises to take care of us, He does just that. It’s usually not in our timing, but knowing He has the bigger picture in mind is what gives us comfort.
Can I get an amen?!