Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Deidra, Don't Call the National Guard!

One of my sweet colleagues and dear friends sent me a message on FaceBook indicating that if I didn't send a flare up to let everyone know we're okay she was going to do something drastic. Yes, we're still here. We're without Internet and that has been a trying experience for me. Not a day goes by that God doesn't speak to me through everyday events in my life and the life of my family. I want to share what He's showing us and how He's loving us even through this difficult time. It will be awhile before we have Internet set up, so I will try to post as often as I can.

I want to share with you something that happened last week. Those of you following the blog are aware that Nathanael sustained a pretty bad injury to his arm back in March and had to be taken to the ER and then admitted for surgery. The experience was frightening because although we have three boys, they've managed to stay in one piece up until this point.

But to be honest, there was one thing about that experience that truly set me on edge. We didn't have health insurance for Nathanael at the time. When the ER doctor told us that he was transferring Nathanael over to the pediatric hospital for surgery, I had a melt down. I figured we could, in time, cover the ER bill paying a little bit every month, but the thought of what a hospital stay and surgery would cost floored me. I prayed and tried to trust that God would see us through.

Then the bill came.

$27,000 !

And then my trust was shaken. I wasn't sure how we could possibly cover that. Robert is in construction and his work has not been consistent because of the economy and to have this added to our financial burden was almost too much.

We have family devotional together daily. There are seven of us and so each person has claimed a day to lead in prayer and open God's Word in devotion for the family. Robert is Saturday, I'm Sunday, Samuel is Monday, and so on. Last Sunday I read the first two verses from Psalm 127:

Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it;
Unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain.

It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors;
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.

I shared with the children that work is good and God created us to work, but that we must remember that God is the source of our provision. That last verse stood out to me and there seemed to be something there that I couldn't put my finger on: God provides for us even in our sleep.

The next day I sent Nathanael to check the mail and he returned with the usual parcels. Among the envelopes I found one with the hospital's return address and my heart sunk. I was frightened to open it, but I knew I would have to eventually. I unfolded the letter and read it. And then I re-read it. And then I read it again. The letter indicated that the balance of our bill was $0. I was sure it must be a mistake, so I called the hospital . The woman in the billing department pulled up our account and confirmed that indeed the balance was $0. Her exact words were: the debt has been forgiven. I wept as the poor woman attempted to comfort me through the phone line.

The night before I had brooded in my heart over our situation. I shared those verses from Psalm 127 for myself as much as for my family. I needed to be reminded that He is the Great Provider. But even as I slept Sunday night, God had already provided. Even in my sleep.

How gracious my God is. Even in my doubt, He shows Himself as a loving Father. I will cling to this reminder in the days to come and as we face the hardships ahead, I will pray that God will bring this to my mind over and over again that I may praise Him for his infinite goodness and mercy.


Karen said...

Thanks for sharing this Leslie! Those verses are so encouraging. (check out Psalm 37:25 too!)

Heidi and Felix said...


I am with the Air National Guard! I thought I was gonna have to call in a search-and-rescue! ("Stand down, boys, stand down!")

Glad to see you are doing ok. I got choked up when I read about your $0 balance. WOW, clearly God's hand at work.


The Kaysers said...

Wow! God is so good. This story brought me to tears! It is amazing how He cares for all of us, in ways that are humbling beyond measure! Yea for you all and God!

U said...

My sister, this is the second time you've brought me to tears. God is so faithful and you and your family are a great example for us. Thank you for sharing.

Tony and Dawn said...

God is good!

Melissa E. said...

My eyes have teared up and it wasn't even my bill!! I have never noticed that verse before but it would be a great one to frame and put on a bedroom wall.

How amazing our God is. How truly and utterly, AMAZING!

Debbie said...

Thank you for sharing this, Leslie. I have tears in my eyes! The Lord provides...and He does so again and again. I pray He changes my heart as He remains faithful; I sure need it!

Ashley said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! Our God is so good and loves us so much!! Our pastor uses these same verses a lot and we love praying over them. Thanks for this reminder. We love you and hope everyone is well.