Luke 12:28-30 (New Living Translation)
28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
29 “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. 30 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs.
It was supper time when the phone rang and the male voice on the other end of the line identified himself as working for her credit card company. He said that they could give her a better interest rate but needed some information first. He told her the address she lives at and to reassure her, said that her credit card number began with a four. Then he asked her to give him the rest of the number. Brenda didn't, but the man was so persuasive--until she asked for his phone number and said she'd call him back once she'd had a chance to think about it. He refused to give it.
Immediately he hung up, Brenda called her credit card company and they said that they had received many other calls about this scam. They told Brenda that they would never ask for her card number over the phone--and told her that all credit cards of the kind she has start with the number four.
Even though she didn't fall for the scam she said it sounded so tempting because of the lower interest rate they said they were offering. That's when the person at the other end said, "Oh we can give you a card with a lower interest rate!" He completed the paperwork right then and there, and although the card has an annual fee of about $30, the interest rate is 7% less, which amounts to $50 saved every month.
Finances are sometimes tight because of choices we've made--but other times we are affected by circumstances beyond our control. Brenda left her previous job when the company she worked for went bankrupt. Like the other employees she was owed a considerable amount of money when it happened.
She and Jay have made tough decisions based on their personal values about her not working many hours out of the home while their girls are young.
Her credit card is maxed out and she makes a payment each month that is as much as she can afford, but barely exceeds the interest added to the bill each month. It's a huge pressure shared by many young people.
The money Brenda is owed would go a long way to covering that bill and if we were God, we would probably make it happen that way--I don't know why he hasn't--but God is God and we are not--and we love seeing how he answers our prayers, even if it is differently to how we expect! We know that we will see much greater blessings in the way God chooses to work, than in the way we think things should work out.
It's a step in the right direction and every little step towards financial freedom counts. We praise God for this blessing and are "prepared to be amazed" by how he will continue to turn the tide financially for Brenda!
Matthew 6:8 (New Living Translation)
8 ...for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!