Exactly one year ago, on June 15, 2012, my husband unexpectedly lost his job and we began our journey through a revealing year. In the twelve months that have followed our lives have been changed for the better as a result of the revelations we have received.
Despite an eighty-five percent reduction in our income God revealed that He truly is a faithful provider. Working through friends and family to furnish stand-in appliances when our oven and refrigerator died, gift cards and money orders to help cover expenses, and encouragement when despair threatened to steal our peace, He met us at our point of need over and over again.
God also revealed aspects of our character that needed tweaking. He grew our faith when worry and doubt clouded our vision and showed me that deep inside I had some real anger issues that needed to be confessed and resolved. Some days I still struggle with anger and resentment simply because I live in a fallen world.
Even as God revealed himself in a thousand different ways He also restored our faith in humanity. Creditors were more than patient and understanding as we worked to arrive at payment solutions that would be mutually beneficial. People I have never actually met were kind and caring. Even the government provided health care benefits for our kids when we had no medical insurance for them or us.
Six months ago God put Steve in a full-time job. Last summer I re-entered the work force to help out financially and was blessed with new friends and opportunities as a result. Having recently resigned that job, now I am back at home doing the things I love, like spending more time with Him, managing a busy household, and writing. I am also working part-time at a job that gives me flexibility and the opportunity to make a difference.
Whatever it is you may be going through, ask God for a fresh revelation of himself. Hang on tight and enjoy the ride. He is bigger than any problem you face. He knows the way that you take. When He has tested you, you shall come forth as gold (Job 23:10).
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