Friday, August 20, 2010

Angels Among Us

There is country song that I've heard, I think by Alabama, that talks about believing in angels amongs us, coming to us in our time of need....well that very think happened to my husband and I the other night. To back up a little, we have been taken a finance class at our church for the last six weeks. The class was fairly small. I was totally expecting to go in there and get down and dirty about our money, budgeting, getting out of debt, I guess all of the usual money issues that most of face. Instead the was class about giving and about generosity. "Where you treasure is, there your heart will be also" kind of thing. I realized very quickly how important this prinicpal is when it comes to finances. I've read books, budgeted, and tried different methods to get out of debt but hadn't had some total transformation of my money situation. This idea truly was key because if I didn't change the way I veiwed my money and what was important I could get out of debt but would end up in the same place I had been...back in debt. Anyways, the class was good and I enjoyed it. One of the things we did each week was to share prayer requests we had. The last two weeks of class my requests was kind of the same. I felt (as you may have seen in my previous posts) that the devil was working overtime to make me miserable. He was doing a good job of it to. I felt bad physically and was just over stressed and worried about work, the lack of work and of course money, the move etc. So on the last night as I shared my request, it was just that I was able to let go and let God. I had worked my last day for a while, and still had not decision on my disability claim and knew the paychecks would stop in a little less than two weeks. I was basically panicked. Here we had this trip to Knotts Berry Farm already planned and paid for for our daughters birthday, the car just broke and cost us an additional $500 and it seemed like a hopeless situation. I knew though that the devil wanted me to feel that way and that all I could do was pray and ask God to be in control of the situation. It was out of my hands, and still is. So the last night of class comes to a close and we need to pay for a book we bought to help us get on track with our money. I was dollar short in the cash I had on me and the couple that taught the class said don't worry about it. So we go to leave for the night and someone stops me and says don't loose your book there is something inside for you. We get home that night and there is this beautiful card with a fairly big monetary gift inside. I burst into tears. Why did a virtual stranger feel compelled to help us. It was so mcuh more the thought than actual amount of money. But in that moment, I realized that God was in control. I almost didn't go to class that night. I had told Ryan to go by himself. I just didn't feel like it physically or mentally. He said it was the last class and I knew I would regret not going. I didn't let the devil win that night. I was rewarded, my family was rewarded. The whole lesson we had been learning the past six weeks was brought home with that gesture and I will be forever thankful. Angels among us is what those people are.

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