In putting my life back together after a surprise divorce, I had been praying for God to put me in a new job to help me rebuild my finances. I also needed to replace an ageing truck that was starting to need repairs.
My prayer was for God to put me where he wanted me and to make the job pay enough for me to be able to afford to replace my car and do the other things my new life required. I didn’t specify what job should be, beyond something satisfying and interesting that paid well enough.
If everything went according to my plan, I probably wouldn’t bother writing this, but as it turned out my truck developed transmission problems and driving it would have made the problem worse and might have destroyed the transmission entirely making it worthless as a trade in. That seemed to be the last straw on top of all the other financial “emergencies” that my divorce was bringing in the same 3-day period and I went into emotional meltdown.
As I have learned to do, I called a friend to help me get serenity and clarity before I tried to work on the solution. I have learned that just praying and listening for God’s direction is not enough for me. All too often I don’t hear God, what I hear is the chorus of voices inside my head that tell me what can’t be done and why it can’t be done, not God’s voice telling me what to do next.
I’ve found that God often speaks to me through some trusted friend’s ability to look past the emotional chaos that is overwhelming me and see the real problem and God’s solution.
One of these trusted friends has extensive contacts in the used car business and put me in touch with a dealer whom my friend trusted to deal honestly with me. We found a nice used Jeep and financing within my budget when human wisdom said, “this will be difficult if not impossible”.
The lesson for me was that God has abundance prepared for me and that my thinking was keeping me from claiming it. I had decided that God should help me find more income before I could do anything about replacing my truck. God showed me that he could give me the transportation I needed without changing anything in my current financial situation, but that I would have to humble myself to ask for help. Not just pray to God, but actually ask a friend for and accept their help.
I believe God puts people in our lives to help us so that we learn that we can’t do this alone and also to teach those friends their own lessons. Sometimes we don’t see God in the burning bush but rather in the kindness of friends and strangers.
When Jesus turned the water into wine, healed the blind man at the temple gates or raised Lazarus from the dead He didn’t do it next week or after something else was done, He did it right now. Yes, Jesus waited 4 days to go to Lazarus and he made the blind man wash his eyes in a particular fountain in but that was to teach the people watching his miracle a lesson, not because he needed the time to effect the healing. God does the same thing in our lives.
He fulfills His plan for us right now and things only take longer because we put our limits on His plans. We are the ones who say, “I need the job first so I have the money”. God, of course, doesn’t need money to do His will and if we drop our human vision of the earthly limits then we too can see God’s unlimited plan and follow that plan to the place He has already prepared for us. And we can get there right now, today not in some yet-to-be future.
I have always believed that God is doing good in my life and showers me with his blessings in the same way that rain falls from the sky. Far too many times I have blocked God’s blessings because I have put up the umbrella of my own limitations and then not felt the touch of his shower of blessings.
In Ephesians 3:20 Paul writes: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us (NIV)
The only limits on what could be done were those I brought with me and I was the prisoner of those false limits. Once I knew the truth, that God has no limits and that all things are possible to Him in His time, that truth set me free of my self-imposed limitations.