Some of you know that I was a teen mom. I became pregnant shortly after high school. Starting a family that way kind of puts you behind in the career growth and wealth-building department. My son is amazing and so very loved, but our early years together were HARD. Before I married Jim and we expanded our beautiful family, it was just me and Alex in a little family unit (with a lot of help from family and friends). I recall times when I just didn’t know if we’d have enough to last. No one would have let us go hungry, but we just never had an easy time of it early on.
I remember having to drive to work or school (I’m not sure which now..it’s a blur) and wondering if I’d have enough gas to get there and back. With that thought, honestly I wondered if I’d have enough fuel to do this again the next day and the next, while waiting for payday. I’m sure some of you know what that feels like and it stinks!
Being a church kid from the time I was little, I had heard lots of Bible stories and always had an affinity for the Old Testament tales. They were magical to my young mind (miraculous to my older mind) and provided hope and victory in a life that didn’t always show it. I remember very distinctly that on this particular day, I was brought back to the story we read yesterday which as a child was one of my favorites (you can read it here https://my.bible.com/bible/116/1KI.17.8-16. At that time in my life I was a Christian, but I was not relying on God for much and obviously should have been.
I remember thinking, not really praying, but thinking that if God could make this supernatural thing happen in their lives to sustain them, I know He can sustain us for another day and give me enough fuel to do what was needed to raise my son.
I’m happy to tell you that we made it that week and except for one time when I was tempting fate (my bad, not God’s- I was trying to make it stretch a bit too far), we never ran out of gas! God never failed us. He has always provided. Sometimes He makes us put in a bit of effort so we don’t just think of Him as a genie in a bottle. He wants us to be in His will and work FOR something with Him. The outcome is His alone, but God allows us to partner with Him. That’s kind of cool!
I wanted to share this because we have all been there…we have all wondered about that thing that we hope God will do, but just cannot be sure. What I can tell you is He will never leave you alone. You may not always have what you want but you will always have what you need. Meghan DeGregory
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 NKJV