An elated caller’s voice praised God with all her heart as my little sweetie and I zipped down the interstate, heading to a ballet lesson. The voice on the radio was exuberantly joyful. What great thing had happened to make her on such a high? No, she hadn’t come into an unexpected fortune, which you might would have guessed if you had heard her excitement - twenty dollars was what this was all about. She had been jobless and was finally hired. But it was a long way from home – one-hundred plus miles away from home. She had enough gas money to get there, but had to tap into her faith in God to get home. On her way back, as gas was looking low, she scrambled around in her car, and managed to come up with three dollars and some change. That amount of gas dwindled quickly. As she wondered what to do next, she chose to trust God. With the next stop, she saw a car that said “MERCY” on the license plate. Humbly, and a bit embarrassed, she knocked on their window, briefly explaining that she was trying to get home and if they could just perhaps give her five dollars, she might could make it. “Will this help?” the driver asked as she was handed a twenty dollar bill.
As I listened to her account, and heard the sheer euphoria in her voice as she told her story, I marveled at her thrill over that amount of money.
I thought about one conversation of many that I had just had the day previously as someone I am close to fretted over the possibility of their finances dwindling. Understandably so. They are faced with some difficult decisions that may have a big impact on their financial future. Investments, real-estate…were all part of the conversation. A bounty really, when measured by this radio caller’s situation, was causing so much anxiety.
This voice on the radio knew something that perhaps many miss. She knew that she could trust God. She could trust Him with her present, which was getting to work, and she knew that she could trust Him with her future, which was getting back home.
I’ve seen it so often in my lifetime:
Having little can actually create a spiritual richness that few experience.
Whether it is in finances, or health, or relationships…whatever I may be blessed with or lacking in, I hope that I remember this radio caller - her joy, her faith, her trust, her humility, her hope, her gratefulness for what the Lord blessed her with.
And most of all, I hope that I remember that the greater blessing may be in the lacking…