I think today I’ll take a moment to stop and tell a few stories of kindness from good people where we were the recipients. I truly believe these stories need to be repeated often; so we don’t forget where we’ve been and who has helped us along the way. Our children need to hear these stories so it’s engraved in their hearts how helping those in need has been a blessing in our lives and in turn we need to pay it forward. I have a few to recall so let’s get started.
We had moved from Michigan to Virginia when our kids were 6 and 3 so my husband could attend Liberty University. Curt (my husband) had taken necessary steps to be sure he had secured a job for himself before we even packed a box. But what’s that saying, “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Well awry they went. When we arrived at the mobile home we would be renting, we were so excited for a new chapter of our life to begin. We unpacked the U-haul and set up the necessities for our first night.
The next day my husband went to report in at his new employer. They said they were sorry to have to tell him the full-time position wasn’t going to be available but they could definitely use him part time. Great, huh? Needless to say money was excessively tight for a while. I distinctly remember a certain day when I looked in the cupboard and literally felt like Old Mother Hubbard. My cupboards were bare; there was one can of stewed tomatoes and a box of instant rice. It was a Wednesday and my husband got paid on Fridays. I knew what we were having for dinner anyway. You just tell the kids it’s Mexican night, mix the rice and tomatoes together and whalla – Spanish rice. But what about Thursday and Friday?
A young man from our church gave my husband a call that very day – he was attending Liberty as well and was living in the dorms. He asked if my husband could stop by his place because he had gone home for a visit and had brought back something for us from our church back home. Can you see where this is headed yet?? Sure enough, my husband came home that evening with bags of groceries that filled our empty cupboards. Our church had a food drive for us and sent us cans and boxes galore! I’ll tell you what, Chef Boyardee never tasted so good! They didn’t know how badly we were in need but God knew and placed it in their hearts to send this incredible gift of food to us. Good people doing good things!!
We’ve had things happen throughout our lives that show the most sincere kindness from others but I will just share one more.
My husband had lost his job back in 2002. Again money was tight. I was working part time then and talked to my employer; they allowed me to take a full time position. My husband started delivering pizza and we were scrimping by, barely some days but we were. One day a friend called us to say we needed to stop by his house. He had a very large box for us. Someone else, who wished to remain anonymous, had bought us a huge box of meat. I can’t tell you how many pounds it was but it was quite a large box and completely filled our freezer. There was ground beef, hot dogs, roasts; anything you could want. We got through that whole winter with that box of meat; and since meat is one of the largest expenses in a grocery budget I could stretch our money a lot further filling in the rest of the pantry.
Two occasions of awesome, generous people taking care of the everyday needs of those they loved. Both of these times revolved around food , but isn’t that one of our basic necessities. God never promised that we’d be eating filet mignon, roasted red potatoes and asparagus every day; but he did promise He’d provide our basic need for food if we trust Him and present our needs to Him. Sometimes that can be a very hard and humbling thing to do but I think it’s those times God is trying to remind us who is taking care of us – it’s not an employer; although He certainly uses employment to help supply for us – but it’s ultimately in His control and His power. And you know what? Sometimes He’s going to use us, so let’s keep our hearts open to ways He wants to use us to supply for others!
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