I have been trying all day to think of how to write this post that would express how thankful we are for the wonderful blessings that have been provided to us in the last 24 hours. I see God in all of this. It's probably trendy to attribute blessings to God, especially at this time of year, but I have seen blessings like this all my life - enough to believe that it's not just random and that God is not just a great big Santa Claus in the sky. I don't know if He gives us trials so that we can trust Him, or so to show us that we are powerless and He is powerful. I feel like it's probably both.
If you follow my other blog, you know we have been facing some tricky times with our unbreakable lease and dual rent/mortgage after buying our new home in November - so much that we cancelled gifts this Christmas. We were amazingly blessed by a Secret Santa
who brought us wonderful gifts we can give to the children, for them to
see Santa (which they did - pic to come soon, I need to scan it!), and a
gift card toward our Christmas meal (got it today!).
In the last week, a potential
renter has come along. We are very thankful that it is someone Christian
knows, so the house would be helpful in reducing this person's commute
and hopefully beneficial to both parties. The only catch is that, in
order to make it affordable for this person, we would have to pay their
rent for January plus an incentive equal to one more month. This person
would move at the end of December (we've already paid December even
though the house is empty), meaning that we'd get out of the lease after
paying 2.5 months rent while someone else is living there. There is
also an additional fee for breaking the lease. The total amount was very
daunting for us, but just barely workable. We knew it was our only
shot, because the other potential tenants have just not been working out
in the last month. So we took a deep breath and prepared to let go of
pretty much everything. We actually felt OK with this. My husband, for
all his theological interest in unbelief, actually has an amazing faith.
He encouraged me that we would be OK and I agreed.
soon as we had decided to move forward with this arrangement, we
received a very generous gift from some friends at our church. Which
might seem weird, except that it's sort of something we believe in.
There's a passage in Acts 2 of the Bible that explains how the early
believers in Jesus came together and shared everything they had - people
who had more gave to people who had less, and that way everyone had
enough. You know, kind of like socialism! (that was a joke) When we were
dual-income-no-kids, there were times that we gave similar gifts to our
friends. It felt weird to be on the receiving end at first, but I
remember being on the giving end and I know that we'll be there again
one day. I can't wait!
Shortly after that miracle, another
miracle came along in the form of a bonus for Christian's work that was
much larger than we anticipated. We really do not count on bonuses or
even expect them, so this was amazing. Especially in this economy. We
are blessed that he works for a company who is doing very well at this
We are in awe of God's amazing goodness. I would
like to thank each one of you for your prayers, and even all your help
in spreading the word to rent our house. So many little encouragements
along the way.
We definitely do not deserve all that
has been given to us. But isn't that really the message of this season?
We do not deserve the baby in the manager who was born just to die in
our place. And yet... there He is.