Today is Christmas Day. As I sit and reflect on this year and God’s goodness this past year, I am especially amazed by His faithfulness this past week. You probably already know that my husband left active duty navy and joined the reserves on Dec. 7th. God made it clear that this was the path he wanted us to take. We have enjoyed the security the navy has afforded us the past 10 years and getting out was a leap of faith. In the military, he had job security, a steady paycheck, free healthcare, a housing allowance and military housing. In the reserves, he will have a small paycheck and healthcare that we will eventually pay into but not enough pay to support a family of course. We have been waiting for proof of eligibility for our health insurance, since Dec 7th. He has been applying for jobs and we’ve been looking for a place to live for months to no avail. It was nerve-wrecking knowing we are going to WA with no place to live, no job (plenty in savings), and no proof of health insurance. We have been praying and trusting that God will provide those three needs.
Matthew 6:25-34 tells us we should not be anxious about your life; what you will eat or wear, that God provides for even the birds and he will provide for us…don’t worry about tomorrow, etc. Philippians 4:19 tells us, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
I have been claiming and praying these promises. I trust that God will supply us with the proof of insurance, a home, and a job. I have done my best not to worry about it and He has given me such peace that He will provide. I am a type-a person who likes to have a plan a, b, and c so normally this sort of thing would drive me crazy with worry and doubt. But let me tell you about my God.
I could have complained that God was being slow to provide for our needs but in my heart I knew his timing would be perfect. This past Thursday, our 4.5 yo son tried to jump off a rocking chair and instead broke his forearm nearly 90*. It was bad and as he was screaming in pain, my heart just sank. I cried as I quickly got dressed to go with my husband to bring him to the hospital. Immediately I thought “oh no, we have no proof of insurance and we are visiting family here in PA.” With such a severe break I was concerned about surgery and the costs that would come with the ER visit.
We carefully got E in the car and as we started our drive to the ER I called our insurance and prayed that we would be “eligible” and have proof of insurance. I’ll remind you here that we’ve been waiting on this for weeks and just the day prior we had none. I listened to all the prompts and FINALLY got to eligibility where I heard, “this individual is eligible.” I was so overcome with relief and joy that I started crying tears of joy! God provided for that need THE EXACT MORNING He knew we needed it; not sooner, not later. He was also so good to us in that the break was not on a growth plate and didn’t require surgery. It did require E being put under to re-set it and because he ate breakfast we had to wait for 8 hours but that was no big deal. We met a lot of Drs and nurses that day who were surprised at our attitudes and we got to share God’s goodness to our family. One nurse even responded in her surprise, “Well THAT’S a Christmas Miracle!”
You might think that was enough but God didn’t think so. I had been searching for a 3bd home within our budget with a flexible lease for MONTHS to no avail. I had been praying about it and felt that my deadline to find a place was Dec 23rd, the following day. If I couldn’t find a home/townhouse/duplex, we would have to go overbudget for an apartment & a storage unit. Shortly before E broke his arm, I messaged one last property to inquire about availability and a flexible lease. When we got home from the hospital, after putting the kiddos to bed, I talked to God and thanked him for his goodness and timing and again told him I trusted Him for a home and job. After I sad amen, I hopped on FB and saw a message from that last property saying it was available and they would do a flexible lease! I called her and she said she would email application info but that hey had other people very interested too. After I hung up, I again prayed and thanked God for his timing and asked that if this was meant to be, that somehow we would be able to get this home. I said amen and looked down at my phone to see a text from the homeowner asking me to call because we could secure the home that night if we wanted! Long story short, we were able to secure the home and get them all the paperwork needed. Today we received an email from them saying Merry Christmas, all the paperwork went through and the house is ours once we sign the lease!!! Again, perfect timing! We can move in exactly when we were hoping to, within budget, with a flexible lease!
I am so looking forward to seeing how and when God will provide my husband with a job! This past week has been amazing and I sit here in awe of God’s goodness!
2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
God’s timing is perfect. He promises to meet our every need if we ask and trust Him and our family has seen this twice this week.
Today, the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus, our savior, I am grateful that God is faithful to keep His promises and that Jesus will return again. Not as a lowly infant like his first arrival but in Glory and power.