We have always paid our bills. Granted I pay some late once in a while, but that’s because I forget to pay them. Don’t you love it when you think you paid it, but didn’t? Argh! We felt like we were financially responsible until things unraveled, and we found how completely unprepared we were.
It all started last year when the air conditioner went out on the van AGAIN. This time, they told us, it would be no easy fix. It was going to cost us $1,000. We thought about it for a while, but a conversion van in Texas is just not very drivable without an air conditioner. We had exactly one thousand dollars in the bank that wasn’t already spent, so we went ahead and took the van to the shop, thankful we had the money to fix it.
When we picked it up, however, they handed us the keys and a bill for $2,000! My husband put it on the credit card and somehow, I don’t remember how, we came up with the money to pay it in time, but we had nothing left in our account. This was the beginning.
Each month something else broke or we received a new huge bill. We cut back on all spending, paid only our bills, and hoped to squeak by.
Then my husband’s employer didn’t meet payroll. A few times Jason had been paid a few days late, and that wasn’t a big deal, but this time he didn’t receive a check at all. (He was paid up later.) Well, we couldn’t pay our mortgage! This had never happened to us before, but I know that it has to so, so many people. I remember Jason looking at me and saying, “Give me all your money.” It felt like a stick up. Ha ha. But we looked in my account, and there wasn’t even close to enough to pay the mortgage, let alone all the other bills that we were racking up.
Then I had a miscarriage and ended up in the ER. I had no idea how we were going to pay those bills. I hoped and prayed that the bills would be delayed as they sometimes are with hospital stays. I remember receiving the first one from pathology–$500! I put it in my to-do stack, but had no idea when or how I would be able to pay it.
This was the situation that prompted my husband to look for new employment and refinance the house. After a couple of months into his new job, we were once again able to pay all of our monthly bills on time. I hadn’t paid any of our medical bills, however, because my husband was waiting for the money to be placed in the flex spending account so that we could pay for pre tax. This was all finally worked out ,and I made the call to pay that $500 bill. It had already been sent to collections! When I finally got someone from collections on the line, they told me the bill had already been taken care of. What? I knew I didn’t pay it. I called my husband and told him. “There must be some mistake,” we thought, but both agreed that we’d probably get the bill later.
More recently I called to pay a bill I received from my obstetrician. “Oh, are you calling about that $25 bill?” asked the lady in finances. “I see there is a credit on your account. I’ll just apply that to the $25.” Okay, that was odd. I didn’t remember a credit on my account, but that’s about all I thought about it. Life has seemed to be speeding by.
Then just a couple of weeks ago, I was thinking that my baby would have been due very soon. That’s when I suddenly realized how much time had gone by, and I had never received all the bills from the hospital ER or my obstetrician. Then I remembered the pathology bill I tried to pay and how they said it had been taken care of. Next my mind went to the $25 doctor bill that I tried to pay, but there had been a credit. I stopped short in shock. Someone had paid our bills! That was the only explanation. We have no idea who paid these bills, but we are very thankful. I just thought God had answered my prayers in delaying the arrival of those bills, but instead He moved the heart of someone to take care of them for us. What a blessing! We are so incredibly thankful!
What a crazy year it was! Through the good and the bad there are always lessons to be learned and things to be thankful for. Now, we are planning to be more prepared in case our pay checks should ever quit coming again.
Philippians 4:19 ~
“And my God will meet ALL your needs
according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
Praising and thanking God for His gracious provision = )
The body of Christ is so amazing. Such an encouragement to me, not only that God will care for my needs, but that He will use me to care for others, too. I want to be ready and willing. Wouldn’t it be fun to be a philanthropist? So many people I’d love to bless.
What a wonderful blessing! We too have been blessed by this kind of generosity in the past, and I know it can be such a blessing! God is so good and He ALWAYS meets our needs! How wonderful that you are sharing this with others so that we can rejoice with you at God’s love and blessings! 🙂
God is so good to his children. 🙂
Tears are flowing as I remember all the
blessings that have transpired in my life
through his grace.
I have been on both the receiving and, giving
end of things! Both are filled with joy!
Susan Evans says
God is so good. I have similar testimonies of how God has miraculously provided for us.
Alexis @ We Like to Learn as We Go says
What an amazing story! Isn’t it amazing that things work out? If we put God first, he takes care of us. We have had some financial things taken care of too which just seem to be miracles and they are! Thanks so much for sharing your story!
I LOVE to hear about stories like this…blessings brought on by others whose desire is to bless for the sweetness of it, and not the credit. <3 We have been blessed in financially rough times, as well, and to this day I've no idea who the givers were. Love it when He shows His provision through the Body! 🙂
What an amazing testimony to God’s miraculous provision. 🙂
Brela Delahoussaye says
What an amazing story of God’s work in your life! Miracles are so powerful and so real!
Southern Angel says
A car wreck in July has put us in that shape right now. We have no heat, the short term disability that my husband is supposed to be getting weekly is only 1/4 of what he was making working and is only coming about every 11 days instead of weekly. I am so glad to read of your miracle and angel who paid those bills for you. I know this too shall pass but there are days that it seems like that is never going to happen..
Wow, Esther! Thanks for being so humble and vulnerable in this post, sweet friend! There are so many couples who have experienced a rocky financial struggle like you and your hubby. You’re not alone in this and, I hope, you’re not feeling ashamed. You’ve been so brave to admit the failures and that says so much about your integrity and readiness to grow and stretch. I’m so glad that God has blessed you and your hubby with the anonymous helper and I’m so happy that you’re now using this situation to reestablish your financial situation. You go, girl! 🙂
This is beautiful. I hope to someday be able to do something like this for someone else. Howard and I have been blessed beyond belief since coming to Christ and we want to bless others as well.