I have walked a faith walk for many years, living outside of the world system for my support and trusting God to provide the means for me to live in a world ruled by mammon. As a follower of Christ who was given the gifts of painting and writing, among others, I make my living as a self-employed artist—always depending on God to send a man or woman to buy a piece of artwork or a book, or perform some creative service for them. As anyone who is an artist or writer knows, this is not a “profession” most parents encourage their children to pursue, because they do not want to see them homeless or hungry (or constantly coming home to be fed). However, God, my Heavenly Father, encourages it because He knows it builds my faith in Him and gives Him all the glory—I can take no credit for any of it, not for the the gifts or the support. God often waits until the eleventh hour to provide; but He always does, and always in the most unexpected ways. I can’t tell you how many times I have had it all figured out how God was going to take care of things, only to have Him present His perfect solution, one which I never could have imagined. He so enjoys surprising and amazing us—and making it known in the process that all the glory and praise for it belongs to Him alone!
I find myself now being put to the test again. After following His direction to paint the Revelation Series of paintings, and then to complete four books (with a fifth in process), work on this blog, and focus my time and attention on Him—which He provided the resources and time for me to do uninterrupted—I found myself in the place of being without means, bills due and refrigerator empty. So I prayed, reminding Him, although I know He is fully aware, that I have financial needs, and thanking Him for whatever solutions He had in mind. I then went on about doing what He had set for me to do.
Although we have been through this together more times than I can count, I still tend to get anxious when bills are due, funds are not there to pay them, and I have no way of knowing how and when they will come. You would think by now, I would be able to rest in complete assurance that He has everything under control. We are such faithless, sinful creatures—it is a sin to doubt, even for a moment, that He will come through for us—it grieves Him, and it is such a horrible thing for us to do to Him who gives us everything, who IS everything. I have repented, know He has forgiven me, and pray I will not be found lacking in my faith in His ability and good pleasure to provide for me again. I know the test will be repeated until my faith reaches the place where I can tell this mountain to go jump into the sea once and for all, and it will.
Long story short, He had a Christian sister give me $15 “just because I can” after I spent the last of my money to buy a ginger ale to bring to her (she was not feeling well). He then sent another Christian woman to buy two small pieces of art for $140. He then made me aware of a $98 credit balance I had with my publisher, which when I pursued, they quickly refunded me. He then made me aware of a snag at Zazzle which was holding up $148 that I was not even aware was in my account. Finally, now that I had the funds to renew my internet security protection service, there was an issue created by their system, which caused them to give me a 50% discount on my renewal fee by way of apology, saving me $48. In a matter of three days, everything I needed came to me, in totally unexpected ways.
Praise God that His ways are not our ways! Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,’ declares the LORD. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:12 “For you shall go out in joy, and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” How awesome is that!
In another post, I will share how God makes dentist appointments and fixes refrigerators.