Lessons learned from my motorbike accident: Part 3
“Worrying won’t stop the bad stuff from happening; it just stops you from enjoying the good.”
So before I left the States I got medical insurance for Thailand but I wasn’t planning on using it. I got a plan with a $1000 deductible even though I knew I wouldn’t have much money to pay that if something terrible really did happen! I selected that insurance plan thinking, I’m not going to need it but if I do, I’m sure God will provide. One week after my medical insurance went into affect, something terrible did happen and that $1000 was “out the window” (along with the confidence I had in God’s provision when I selected the plan).
On the morning of Thursday, June 11, 2015 I was so concerned about my financial status that I pulled out a calculator to see what my new monthly budget would be since financial support is not coming in like I hoped it would. I had budgeted myself for $500 a month through the end of this year and that $1000 I had to pay for my deductible was 2 months worth of budget bringing me down to $350 a month to live on. The cheapest place I found to rent once I am healed would take up half of that.
When I realized this I started getting really anxious and worried thinking “what am I going to do?” “How am I going to be able to afford anything?” Immediately God reminded me of my word for the year, TRUST. He reminded me that He promises to take care of me. He reminded me that I promised to trust Him this year so I needed to calm down, put the calculator away, and ask Him for help. So I did just that, I put the calculator away, thanked him for all the times he has provided, and asked Him for help and went on with the day.
Literally 2 hours later I was returning my motorbike (since I can’t drive it with a bum arm) and asked the owner about vehicle insurance coverage for my accident. He took me to the insurance office and boom, I got the $1000 back like nothing!
A week after that I had an unexpected $200 expense come up that I didn’t budget for. I wasn’t really sure what to do. I wondered if I should ask my prayer supporters or should I just go to God about it. Well, I decided to ask God about it and left it in His hands. Two days later I had 2 friends bless me with $100 each. Because of their obedience to the Lord’s leading upon their hearts, God provided for that need also! Once again I was blown away by God’s promises!!!
Sometimes I am so slow to catch on. Although Christ has brought me through some pretty INTENSE stuff in my past, I often forget that in moments of instability and an unclear future. The bible says in Matthew 6 that God provides for the birds of the air and dresses the lilies of the field. He promises to take care of my needs because I am of much more value than they. “Do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”
Instead of worrying I should “seek first the kingdom of God.” Is my heart too closed to take in all that God can do for me? It is important to remember what Christ has done and have faith believing He will do it again in my greatest time of need. Even if he doesn’t do it the way I think it needs to be done in order to be successful, He is going to provide in some other way. His ways are always better; always have been, and I just have to trust that.
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