Then Jesus said to His disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?’ Luke 12:22-25
My wife and I recently faced a large financial obligation. We’d planned for it as best we could, but as the day approached, worry took over.
I found myself thinking about it often—more than I should have. Would it be more than we thought? We could afford it before, but would we still have enough now? What would I do if we didn’t?
My mind rehearsed every negative scenario—usually in the middle of the night. Then it hit me, why was I worried about this? God is much bigger than my finances, much bigger than my problems or concerns. He’s always been faithful, in both small and large ways. He’s a generous God waiting for me to ask Him for help.
All at once, I gave it up. I told Him I knew He’d handle this. I would stop worrying about it. I promised to trust Him to provide the resources we needed and I acknowledged everything we had came from Him. I can’t explain it but I felt a deep peace. I knew in my heart my anxiety wasn’t warranted and we’d always have plenty. I went back to sleep.
The next morning I got a call from my insurance company. A check was in the mail for a claim I’d filed six months ago. We’d have it in a week. My realtor called. We had a sales contract, offering the full asking price on a ten-year-old investment property. My partner called. The business we wanted to sell had a buyer who wanted to move quickly. We would close inside of two weeks.
Next my CPA called. “I need to talk to you about your taxes. I thought we had planned better than this so I hope you’re not angry.”
Uh-oh, where was this leading? I wondered
“You’re getting a refund this year. Looks like you gave the IRS an interest-free loan. Sorry about that.”
What a relief! They’re writing me a check for a change. Just as I was thanking God for His faithfulness, my phone rang. It was my CPA again. “Sorry, Delton, I made a mistake.”
I knew it…it was too good to be true.
“Your refund is three times larger than I thought. I forgot to adjust for your charitable contributions.”
God didn’t waste any time opening the gates on His blessings. I should have known better. I’ve learned to trust. Can you?
Delton de Armas was born in Orlando, Florida. He moved with his family to Carrollton, Texas in 2010 to attend Dallas Theological Seminary where he is pursuing a Master of Arts in Media and Communication (M.A./MC). He married his high school sweetheart Pam, and has three children: Amber, Alden, and Abram. Delton loves cycling, snowboarding, reading, and writing.
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