It was May and God had been doing some amazing things at my my church, Bay Area Fellowship. My husband and I felt compelled to take $1000 out of our savings account and donate it to our church. This was a big deal for us. We are avid savers and have always liked the cushion of our savings account. Little did we know that God was soon going to ask much more of us.
I was driving home one day and saw a woman carrying a newborn in a carrier walking down Staples Street. It was hot and there were mosquitoes everywhere. I felt like God was calling me to give her a ride. I picked her up and learned that her car had broken down, and she was taking her six week old baby to the hospital for a sinus infection. I dropped her off two miles from where I picked her up and started my drive home.
Before I got very far, He spoke to me as clear as day: “Go back and help her.”
I wasn’t sure how, but I knew I wanted to be obedient. I went back to where I dropped her off, and she was still in the waiting room. I sat by her and told her that I felt like God wanted me to help her with her car situation. I told her I wasn’t sure how or what I was supposed to do, but I got her phone number and told her I’d give her a call. I left that doctor’s office in tears.
I knew God was truly calling me to do something, and I had never felt this sure! After talking it over with my husband, he agreed we needed to help her. We went out to dinner and prayed for God to give us a number. We prayed that God would be clear and obvious. Well, He was! We paid for our meal with a gift card that only had a balance of $14.00 on it.
We knew we were going to have to make up the difference; however, the waitress brought the gift card back with a little piece of paper that read $34.98 as our remaining balance. We knew that God had shown us a miracle, and at the same time He was telling us, “I’ll take care of you!” God had given us the number we prayed for. We wrote out a check for $3498.00 that night and it emptied our entire saving’s account – our safety net – to the dollar!
We gave the check to the woman and she was in tears. Later that week, we got a thank you card telling us how that check helped renew her faith in God! God had shown us that He does provide and that we needed to keep our safety net in Him and not on our savings account. Besides…it’s just money!
“But whoever listens to me will live in safety, and be at ease, without fear of harm.”
– Proverbs 1:33 (NIV)
“Dear Father, help me to put all of my safety in You. I no longer want to rely on money to provide me security. I want to be obedient to You, and I give You all the authority over my finances. Show me now how I can be obedient with what You have blessed me with…”