Recently, at the airport, I met a rather pleasant stranger. I didn’t mean to. In fact, it was a trying day and I had only hoped to endure my disappointing flight delays in frustrated silence. Aside from the delays, my entire day seemed to have gone down the potty.
At the time I met the stranger, my heart was heavy, my feelings wounded and I was just “tired” in every sense of the word. I don’t know about you, but when I’m tired, I tend to just withdraw. I don’t want to cause tension and I never want to perpetrate it, so in moments like that, I just take the “be still and know that I am God” scripture very personally. I just be still.
In my endeavor to be “still”, I was lured into conversation with this smiling stranger. She looked to be just a bit older than me and was casually dressed. She had a wide smile and skin the color of beautiful mocha. She was very pretty.
Personality-wise, we just “clicked”. Before I knew it, about an hour and a half passed and I felt like I had known her forever. We giggled, laughed and shared secrets we knew the other could never share with anyone else. It was cathartic. It was healing and it was a reminder.
At that moment, I needed a reminder. God knew that and He sent her.
While we chatted, she shared her recent blessings. She went on to tell me how she had received a back payment of retirement benefits (totaling over $40,0000) from the government. Then, she shared how God had added $23,000 to the blessing.
My heart was beating so fast as she shared her wonderful story. I was excited and so happy that she has received such good fortune. Tears welled in my eyes and I said something like: “I’m so happy for you”. I really was! I loved her story and saw God’s hand all in it!
She said “thank you” and looked a little puzzled. She explained why.
She went on to share how not everyone had been so happy about her prosperity. She mentioned how people she had known for years and thought were friends proved not to be. Instead of being happy for her, some were jealous and others tried to use her for their own financial benefit. I felt bad for that part of her story.
I just don’t understand that.
Years ago, God taught me the blessings of others take absolutely nothing from me. As a result, jealousy hasn’t been a challenge for me in a very long, long time.
God has been so faithful in my life time and time again. He always gave me more than I ever could have imagined.
Way back when I as a single mother, I enjoyed a job that actually required much more education than I had earned.
I lived in a great house and always had nice cars and wonderful friends.
In fact, I can’t remember ever wanting much that God didn’t deliver. I enjoyed travel, a wonderfully obedient son and a free education (yes, free and I was making way too much money for Pell grants). God just made it free though favor!
My career was shaped by encounters that brought me prosperity time and time again. He did more than meet my needs, He blew my mind. Time and time again He did. Nope, I never felt the need for jealousy.
Don’t let me get started on the spiritual blessings God delivered. He gave me peace when I should have gone crazy. He gave me joy when I would fall into depression. He also helped me stay hopeful when I was tempted to lose hope, God as, is and will forever be faithful.
Meeting this lady reminded me that God loved me enough to allow our paths to cross. He knew I needed that “reminder” so desperately.
I needed the support, the fellowship and the chuckles. Before seeing her, I felt a little like Hagar in the desert. I felt alone and hurt. Meeting her was like God saying “I see you and I’ve got you”. Does that make sense?
Well, I was reminded.
Now, I want to remind you.
God has not forgotten you. I don’t care what has transpired. You are still the apple of His eye. He doesn’t see you as some dirty, filthy sinner. He sees you as child and joint-heir with Jesus Christ.
Your favor hasn’t tarnished or lessened.
In fact, God still has blessings, provisions and peace reserved just for you. You marrying that idiot didn’t change that. Your bad decisions with money could never affect that. Your low image of yourself won’t diminish it in the least.
Your Source is in tact. God will never leave you begging bread. He promised that He will supply all your needs according to His riches and glory. He promised that He will allow you to be the lender and not the borrower. He wants you to be a blessing to others. He promised and I’m proof.
If this goes against your church’s teaching, I’m sorry. Some of the “frozen chosen” will tell you these scriptures are not for you or are taken out of context. I say hooey! I lived them, stood on them and watched God deliver time and time again in my own life.
It’s official. You are now reminded. God still loves you and will take care of you. You trust Him totally and do things His way. Watch Him work in your favor as your Father/Husband/God!