My husband and I recently went through one of the deepest financial trials we had experienced in our marriage. It took faith, courage and great self control over our words to keep going despite the overbearing circumstances. In fact, for awhile, things grew worse every day. We kept our confidence in God to deliver us and made positive confessions in line with God’s word to give the Lord full opportunity to help us. God is faithful and delivered us and prospered us in our soul and in our finances, with grace and favor as only He can.
One of the things we did while walking through this trial was to encourage our own hearts (like King David), recalling times of God’s deliverance. This is an account of an interesting experience that I recalled. It happened to me about three years ago and it was such a blessing, I wanted to share it with you.
I received a phone call from a friend whom I had known for many years. We'd met at church and also been classmates in the International School of Ministry (ISOM). We had stayed in touch but with job and family responsibilities I realized that time had flown by again and I had not heard from her for more than a year.
She was forthright when I asked her, “How are you?”
“Not good.” She said.
She was in dire straights financially. We talked a little while but I was at work and had to cut the call short. So we made arrangements to get together for lunch the next day. I asked her to drive to my office where I could treat her to lunch at our company café which would enable me to see her and meet a deadline at work that week. I even offered to help her out with some gas money since she had to drive 30 minutes across the Los Angeles area to meet me.
As I was getting ready for work the next morning I was thinking about my friend. One of the last times I saw her was in the hospital after she had suffered some very serious intestinal problems. Thank God, she had recovered, but no doubt, she had been through quite a great deal in the past couple of years. I recalled how she had been there for me many times before when I was in critical need emotionally. A few months earlier she had arranged for me to attend a weekend women’s retreat at a luxury hotel where she was a guest speaker. It came at a low point in our finances so it was a real blessing to me. I saw the call of God on her life and discovered that she had a real fire in her belly because she taught with such great conviction under the anointing power of the Holy Spirit.
By lunchtime I had determined that I would give her a $100. dollar bill that I had tucked away in my purse for a time of need. I could see no greater need than hers at that time. I had my husband’s blessing on this and planned to take his practical suggestion to hop into her car on arrival and go fill up her gas tank, too. I was filled with anticipation as it is always such a joy to give. I believed the Lord to give me the right words to say to her to encourage her heart.
We had a very meaningful time together as we shared and ate lunch. We didn’t solve all her problems but we both felt confident that God would see her through as He always does. We both knew God’s faithfulness and had experienced it over and over again.
Finally, I reached into my purse and pulled out the $100. dollar bill, which was wrapped in a very unique hanky I always carried with me. I had felt such a strong prompting by the Spirit of the Lord to let her see the hanky as a way of encouraging her that I handed it to her with the money folded up inside. I told her I was giving her a gift but I needed to keep the hanky because it was special to me.
I explained to her that a client had given me this hanky many years ago when my husband and I had run our computer store. I told her that I couldn’t remember exactly who gave it to me but it was such a tremendous encouragement and really blessed me at the time. It had struck such a deep responsive chord in my heart that I had carried it around with me all these years and so thought it might bless her too.
My friend’s eyes welled up with tears as she gratefully received the money. Then she looked at the tattered, well-worn hanky and read the message that had been written on it:
Is there anything too hard for Me? I am the Lord, God.
I could tell it really touched her. I was so glad to have been a blessing. But then, she looked at me perplexed and said with an urgency in her voice,
“Where did you get this?”
I responded, “I told you, I don’t remember…”
With a look of amazement on her face, she said,
“This is my handwriting. I was the one who gave you this hanky many years ago!”
Suddenly we both realized that she was the client who had come into our computer store over ten years ago and given me the hanky. The café and voices faded into the background as we joyfully praised and thanked God for showing Himself strong in our lives once again that day.
The blessing had come full circle and our God, with Whom all things are possible, was glorified. God is faithful and true. As long as there is sun and moon, seedtime and harvest you can count on it. We judge God as faithful!
-Walking in God's grace and favor
Living Life One Day at a Time- "So don't be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time. Matt 6:34 (TLB)