Last night someone broke into my truck. It happened sometime during a Wednesday night Bible Study at the church I serve. I was in the building, the thief went to work. This is a first for me…technically, my bike was stolen when I was a kid, but this is a first for me as an adult. To put it mildly, I was very angry when I realized what had happened. I felt violated!
Thankfully, my wallet wasn’t taken, my credit cards weren’t taken, they didn’t take my son’s backpack but all my cash was gone and so was my paycheck (the next morning we quickly canceled the check and I was issued a new one). I did have a secret stash in my truck that I use to help people in need (I guess is wasn’t secret enough) that was taken. The thief also took my sunglasses (those cost me $2.50 at Walmart!!!) and all my spare change. I realize that I am blessed. It could have been so much worse.
I try to live my life in such a way to not stress over money, but I don’t always do a good job with that. I took a financial class several years ago when we lived in California and one of the things we did in that class was sign a quick claim deed. The quick claim deed gave everything back to God…house, vehicles, bank accounts, everything. Of course it wasn’t legally binding but it was a great exercise. It help me remember that all that I have is his. So rather than getting so aggravated over a scratch on my then new truck…I was able to calm down and say, I don’t know why God would want a scratch on his truck…but there it is! I have tried to keep that attitude and sometimes I have been successful and other times…not so much.
The reason I am telling you this story is NOT for sympathy. I want to tell you how amazing my God is. I was feeling a little down about the whole thing but I went into the office and starting working through all the things that I needed to get done for Sunday (believe it or not I do work more than just Sunday’s). I got a call from my wife around 1:00 P.M. She said, How much money do you think you was stolen? I told her somewhere between $260-280. She then proceeded to tell me that we had received a check in the mail from the hospital for $279.90. Seems we had overpaid for a back surgery I had to have last year. Only God!!
I know that things don’t always turn out that way but I am thankful that it did this time. Big things, little things, and everything in between God is never unaware. Bottom line: I have been given so much and I am overwhelmingly blessed. So, I refuse to let this momentary trouble hurt my heart. All glory to my amazingly good God!