This past Sunday we honored our graduating seniors during our worship service. One of the cool parts was when a few of our adults were asked to share a testimony of how they learned to trust the Lord. Hearing them recount their experiences with Christ was very encouraging to me and helped me remember the many times Christ has come through for me simply because I trusted Him.
One of my favorites happened back when our B&B was just getting started. We were several months into operation and bookings were few. We had started the business from scratch and it was taking awhile to get our name out there so we would have guests on a regular basis, now we needed people. We had exhausted all of our reserves, finances were beyond tight.
One Monday morning, I was looking over the months bookings and estimating the income they would bring and then I looked over the calendar of monthly bills, there was a huge problem. We needed $2100 more to cover the bills. I had no idea how to get that many more bookings and to get them quickly. I just closed both calendars and sat there. I started to pray but He was already telling me, “If you want guests, you’d better get the cabins cleaned.” I laughed a little and then hopped up and started loading up the cleaning supplies.
I was just starting on the first cabin when the phone rang. I’d forgotten to transfer the business number to my cell so I ran back over to the office but missed it. I called right back and the people booked a three-night stay. Thank you, Lord. I walked back over to the cabin and went back to work. About half way through cleaning the second cabin, the phone rang again, another booking and then another. Just as I was finishing up cabin number three, again the phone rang and two couples, calling together, booked their stay.
I couldn’t wait to finish cleaning so I could add up the amount of income these new bookings produced. I want you to know that in just the three hours it took me to clean the cabins, God sent me $2400 in bookings, for that month. He provided more than I’d asked. Then it dawned on me that had I forgotten to add in groceries and gasoline. So God, as usual, knew more of my need than I did, and provided it all.
After that day, I continued to talk over the books with Him. I’d talk Him through our bookings calendar and then we’d look over the bills calendar. Each time, after I ‘showed’ God my needs, I would simply close the books and leave it with Him. Then I’d go to work to prepare our beautiful place for the guests He was about to send us.
He taught me so much about trust during those days. It didn’t make sense, but it didn’t have to because I knew it was from God, Jehovah Jireh, my Provider.
Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.” (The Message)
What’s your favorite story of when you trusted the Lord?