Elmbrook Stories

Trusting God With My Finances

February 1, 2016 by Ann Blackburn in Finances

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)

Due to a weird snafu, June 2015 found me down to my last $800 with my next financial aid reimbursement more than two months off. Desperate, I contacted my Adult Study Center student advisor, Pastor Tom Tunnicliff, for a lead on a job. An hour later I had an appointment to stop in at Coach USA to fill out my hire paperwork. If I passed my background check I had the job, and enough money to keep going for another month. Praise God!

I attached a copy of my resume to that application and about a week later I was contacted by the supervisor at the Coach USA bus terminal on the south side of Milwaukee. I was told later that resume circulated the company as they tried to find some place to put me.

Coach USA’s south side bus terminal is right in the neighborhood I had been praying for. I had prayed that somehow I would find myself there as Christ’s ambassador to the Muslim community in Milwaukee. ISM is right down the street. Within weeks of starting my job, I began praying for and witnessing to Muslim men, even making contact with missionaries from BASICS and Lutheran Social Services who used our shuttle service to O’Hare for missions.

Life was good, outreach was exciting, but I was still borrowing money every month to close a $300 a month shortfall. I kept tithing and, determined to step out of my fear, I took it up to ten percent.

About a month later I received a call out of the blue from my ex-husband saying he “just felt he should help”. He offered enough to close the gap.

I kept holding onto Matthew 6:33, afraid to let go of God’s hand and blessed by the experience that taught me that’s right where I was supposed to be.

I don’t know that I am particularly righteous, or even very nice sometimes. But I do know that God’s love never fails, and keeping me from financial freefall is nothing for the King of the universe.

I’ve discovered the real reward lies in learning to trust the One who has saved me from sin and spiritual death, made me a child of God, and has a lot more for me to do in His Kingdom than just pay my bills.

Surely my cup overflows.