It was the day before my birthday, 2006. My husband, Ed, came home unexpectedly mid-morning. “Oh, hi, Honey!” I said, “What are you doing home?”
He then then gently, but firmly, took me by the shoulders, looked me in the eye, and said these unbelievable words, “I got laid off.”
“What!” I exclaimed. “After 29 years of loyal service? This can’t be happening!!!”
Now we had just booked a two-and-a-half-week vacation in Hawaii to celebrate twenty-five wonderful years of marriage. All airline tickets and accommodations had been made and paid. Gratefully, his company gave him an eight-month severance package with full pay and benefits. So Ed said, “We’re still going to Hawaii. (It was awesome!)
Fast forward 10 months. Ed still hadn’t found a job. We were living off our savings. Since we have always lived well below our means, we didn’t have to significantly sacrifice—but money has always been a source of worry for me.
One day I needed eggs for dinner. Well, the store price was almost one and a half times more than I normally spent. But I needed these eggs! They weren’t a luxury, but a necessity. I put them in my cart. As I continued to shop for a few more things, I began to become very anxious about our money situation. “How will we ever make it?” Then the Lord reminded me of Philippians 4:6-7.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I repeated these precious words back to God, and His peace came. But a moment later, the fear returned. So I continued to speak those words of truth to my heart and to God. “Lord, You said I didn’t have to be anxious about anything—even money. Therefore, I am going to trust You. Only help me!”
I am not exaggerating when I tell you I had to repeat this—with force—at least 10 times in a fifteen-minute span!
At checkout I had a question about the price of some grapes. It turned out that someone had forgotten to remove the sign from last week’s sale. They insisted I not even pay for the grapes. (I didn’t argue too much, mind you!)
As I was leaving and checking the receipt, I noticed that the free grapes were almost the exact same price as the eggs! My heart swelled with a sense of God’s pleasure in me for trusting Him! I heard God’s still small voice speak, “See, I told you that you could trust Me!”
God is faithful! His Word is true.
Believe it. Apply it (emphatically and repeatedly if needed) and watch Him show up in the midst of your anxiety with His peace.
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