God’s opportunities. I recently prayed for the Lord to bless my family with opportunities. We had a water leak in our basement for the last month. I was afraid to tell our landlord about the situation because we were a little behind on rent. The water had been leaking for so long that there had gotten to be a few inches of water on our basement floor. When I woke up yesterday morning, I decided to go downstairs and see what I could figure out about the leak and the mess that the leak caused. The leak was coming from a back room copper pipe that had split cracked. I was going through my head on hat could be done to fix the problem. It was dark. I decided to get a light and look at it better. I took the light, looked at the crack, and was thinking, when I just happened to glance around the pipe and notice a shut-off valve on the exact same piece of pipe in question. I turned it. I discovered that the only place this water lead was to the outside faucet on the house. Haha. I turned it off and the problem was fixed. Thank-you, Jesus! No money lost.
The second problem was the water on the floor. Both drains in the basement were ABOVE the water level. How would I get all of this water out? I friend from work suggested renting a shop vac. That sounded like a good idea. I came home and told Cassie that I was going to call the tool rental place in town and get a shop vac. It shouldn’t be more than a few dollars. She asked me “What for?”. I told her that she deserved to have a dry basement for doing the laundry in. She told me that the water had DISAPPEARED! This water had been on the basement floor for well over a month. The water level was below the drains so it would just sit and get a little deeper. God truly blessed my family. I will never know how this water left my basement, but it is completely dry and yet again, I didn’t have to spend a dime.
I am talking a little about money. We have been struggling a bit of late. Not really sinking, but staying steady without much to spare. We are a couple of weeks behind on rent. After the basement issue yesterday, my work called and asked if I could come in early. I didn’t really feel like working and taking time away from my family. I declined. An hour later, I had a thought that I had just asked God for opportunities, and then when one was presented, I shunned away. I was being selfish. I called my work and got the extra hours. This put me very close to 40 for the week. We also got our new schedules for next week. Before I had the chance to see mine, our General Manager told me that he was sorry about the schedule. I asked him ‘What for?’ He told me that he had to schedule me EVERY DAY next week to make up for a few vacations that were going on. I said ‘Why do you appologize? I need the money and will gladly work the hours!” Next week I am working 7 days, still have my Sunday schedule for church in tact, and am being blessed with extra hours to help me take care of my family. Many people are having a hard time finding work. In the last few weeks, my schedule has gotten better. Once again, Thank-you Jesus!
It gets better:
After all of this, another manager said that she needed to talk to me. She said that her and my GM had a discussion about me and that they both agreed that I was the person with the best attitude and work ethics that they had. She told me to keep working hard, that people are noticing things, and that I might have a great future within the company in short time. I am not sure what that means, but I am hoping that it will be a blessing in my life.
Yesterday was such a cool day for me! I could actually see my prayers in action and working. I decided to take every opportunity that was given my way and see what would happen. Each of them was a blessing and an answer to my prayers. I think many times God is wanting the best for us, but we are to selfish to take the opportunities presented. I am learning to open my eyes and jump, trusting God’s intention for my life. If we don’t follow through, how do we know what the true blessing will be?? Being a Christian takes some work, but it is suppose too. Heaven isn’t free, and not everyone will achieve the reward. It takes patience, perseverance, and a whole lot of trust to walk with God. I am hoping that I am on the tight track and am finally realizing God’s Will in my life.