Just another day. My car pulled into the campus of the Ohio School for the Deaf. I parked my car in its usual spot. I walked to the office to sign in. And then I walked towards my classroom. I turned the corner. And then I noticed something different. Hanging from my doorknob was an adorable basket. And inside, my curious eyes found several goodies. An adorable magnetic notepad (which I need), pencils (which, as a math teacher, I ALWAYS need), pens, and CHOCOLATE! What a delight! A secret “booing” from an anonymous staff member. It may seem little, but it sure brought some unexpected joy.
As I shared a few “kisses” with my first period class, I heard the “ding” of my phone signaling a new text message. I quickly glanced at the message… and I had to read it again. It was from my husband.
First off, I love you. Second, for some reason Stanley (former employer) dropped some major coin in our bank account. I’m going to call today to find out what that’s all about.
And through a series of messages, we did “come to find out” exactly what the Lord had in store for us today. Aaron did such a fabulous job writing about it that you JUST HAVE to read it.
From my vantage point, watching the story unfold in between classes, I experienced a sense of awe and utter humility like never before. In fact, when I finally sat and let myself truly think about it, I lost my emotional resolve. Aaron and I had set some goals in discussing how the Lord was leading us to manage our new sense of income. Before his severance pay ended in December, we took on a gazelle-like-intensity (to borrow a Dave Ramses phrase) in an attempt to pay off our two vehicles. We weren’t entirely sure if we would make our goal, but we set our intent.
In short, this “gift” we received today, gave Aaron the ability to not only pay off our car, but to PAY OFF our van as well… almost literally TO THE PENNY!! I’m not kidding. I was stunned. And at the same time, I simply had this awareness that God was confirming his faithfulness as we stepped from the known to the unknown. It’s not every day that I walk with full confidence in my full desire to work outside of the home on a full-time basis, but it IS with full confidence that I walk knowing He has asked me to trust him, and that he tells me He WILL provide.
And provide he did… in abundance.
I was reminded of this story today…
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
Funny thing is… Aaron wrote about this exact same one.
Yep. It’s been a pretty good day…