There are things in life that we think we can count on: a brand new car, job security, friends, our spouse and our health. We expect them to work like pushing start on the dishwasher or the coffeemaker, but the truth is all of these things can fail and break. My time on this earth has taught me there is only one thing I can count on when everything else is falling apart and broken.
“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassion never fails. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.” Lamentations 3:22-24
I have seen His faithfulness time and time again in our finances, jobs and in the miracle of our baby girl. I struggled for years with infertility and lost three precious babies on my journey. After two surgeries; one of which was near fatal my doctor’s only words for me was that I have a hostile uterus and they didn’t expect anything to survive in my womb. Although I was heartbroken, it could not shake my faith in the God of Abraham who miraculously allowed Sarah to conceive even though she was past the age of childbearing (Genesis 18). That faith was rewarded when my precious Samantha was born. Her name means God heard and every time I look into those deep brown eyes I am reminded of His faithfulness.
God has also proved to be faithful in our finances. This year has been one of absolute brokenness. Our appliances, cars, teeth, bodies, have all broken and weird things like not even being able to make a phone call or having the internet work have been happening constantly. I feel like our patience and pocketbook has been tested to the limits! We have been down to $12 in the bank and just the food in our pantry more than once this year, but I’m thrilled to report that we have managed to stay debt free and haven’t gone in the red once. All of the glory goes to a faithful God.
We aren’t out of the woods yet and as long as we are on this earth we will face trials, but my hope is in the Lord not in my circumstances.
"Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure. Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be. But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you." Psalm 39:4-7