Wait... that's MY Monday. But, I do pray for you all to share this new Monday with me! God is at work in our lives in such a huge way. Let me explain.
You know we've been in a bad place financially lately. We've been desperate. We've been begging God for a miracle. What we weren't doing was WATCHING that miracle unfold. He didn't drop $x.xx in our laps, like we WANTED Him to. Instead, little by little, He provided over time and helped us to sell some things that has helped us to be almost completely caught up. We still need to pay the rent, which is due today, but He blessed us with Godly and understanding landlords, and we'll pay it a couple of days late with a nice large check with tons of OT on it. As of this Thursday, unless God decides to intervene with our pay check and stop it short (and if He does, that's ok-we'll trust Him) then we will be completely caught up. Not ahead, nothing in savings yet, but we'll be caught up. At this point, we should be homeless, without electricity, water, phone, etc. But we're not. We're without NOTHING.
My husband and I have not had a date in probably close to a year now. We didn't even get to go out for our anniversary last year because my husband was working out of town. Our 5th anniversary is coming up on Oct 5. But, since we moved to Florida, we've drawn closer to one another, and have been DESPERATE for a date night. We NEED time alone, sans kids, to TALK, and laugh, and flirt, and enjoy the one we've chosen to spend forever with. But, we have only been able to pour everything coming in into bills and groceries. Nothing extra. We don't have anyone to keep the kids, so we will need to find someone, and will have to PAY them. Just last night, I kid you not, we were trying to carry a conversation at the dinner table and kept getting interrupted by kids. I looked at him and said "I REALLY need a date. I need to have a conversation with my husband that doesn't stop and start 5 million times before I complete one sentence". He concurred. This morning, I received a call from a friend. She asked for my Paypal address, and said that God wanted her to send some money to us, and to use it to somehow bless our marriage. THAT, my friends, is God hearing the cry of my heart even though I didn't speak it to Him from my lips. Now, you keep in mind that this friend is certainly not wealthy. Like us, they survive paycheck to paycheck, and have even undergone an INSANE amount of unexpected expenses lately. But she wants to follow God's lead. I'm so humbled by her generosity, and God's provision. We have enough to go on a nice date now :) I'm so happy I could burst!
Why? Because all along God has been working miracles. We just couldn't see them through the torrential downpour. Now, here we stand, staring in awe at the rainbow. God's promise that He was with us all along, and that He will be with us always. That He will love us and provide for us no matter how bad it seems. The rainbow that is simply God's message to us: "I love you with an everlasting love". THAT invokes peace that is indescribable. He loves us :)
I just needed to share this with you today. God's building my faith like never before. Not because everything is perfect and He's giving me things. Even before this morning's phone call, I was staring at the rainbow and realizing that He *IS* giving us the miracle we're praying for. Just not in the earthquake, or the fire. He is giving it to us in the gentle whisper. And I'm so thankful for that gentle whisper.