A couple of days ago, I learned that one if my loan providers is filing to have my wages garnished for being behind on my loans. This is the first time that something like this has ever happened to me.
And let me tell you…it sucks.
I don’t know how much they will be taking out of my checks, and I am assuming that once I pay off my past due balance, the garnishment will end, but it still sucks.
Needless to say, I started to panic. When you are renting an apartment, taking care of two dogs and a toddler, plus needing to pay bills and buy groceries, knowing that you’re going to get paid even less than you already are getting paid can make anyone freak out.
And I did.
Which was stupid.
And here’s why it was stupid: God as already given me the resources to deal with this.
The blessings I ended up asking for were already there.
See, that’s the thing about us mortals. We have a limited perspective on life. We don’t see the whole picture.
So, when we find ourselves in a tight spot, we freak out, because we are blind to the blessings God has already given us to deal with the situation at hand.
When we are blind to our blessings, we panic.
So, I want to encourage those of you who are struggling.
The first encouragement is from that age-old hymn, Count Your Blessings:
So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.
The second encouragement I would like to give you is found in the book of Exodus.
We find the Israelites in need of food, and God provides Manna for them. When the food was gathered, those who gathered a lot, due to the size and need of their families, had nothing left over. Thos who gathered a little had just enough to feed their families. The text reads, “Each family had just what they needed” (Exodus 16:17-18).
So, remember, we serve a God who provides for us, whether in the moment, like with the Manna, or way ahead of time, like with Joseph in Egypt (Genesis 45:5).
He is Jehovah Jireh.
Let us pray, as Jesus taught His disciples:
Give us this day our daily bread.