The title of this post is a little misleading but, that’s pretty much what happened. What I mean by misleading is that we ate every day but it was the cheap stuff and there wasn’t very much of it to go around in our house. I think the only one in our house who was eating more than one full meal a day was my dog. His name is Simba and he’s the cutest. I digress.
I believe it was the summer of 2015. That year had been really great. Other than the 5-day hospital stay that I had, but that’s a story for another time. That was the year that I had gone to Disney World. That was the year that I was also at a healthy weight for my height finally and I had made a trip to New York and I graduated high school. Big year right? A lot of exciting things. When summer came we had begun to struggle a lot financially. Not only were we hungry, for a little bit we also had the AC (air-conditioner) cutoff because it was a bill that was too high. We also had the cell phones cut off and we were communicating through email. It was a hard time. This was a time in which anyone would feel discouraged and upset. But, for some reason, I wasn’t.
The reason was God. Glory be to him. When I was sitting in my room on my laptop with the heat cutoff and feeling the bite of hunger (we were surviving on ramen packets and the dollar menu from various fast-food establishments) I thought about everything that I had to be thankful for. There were so many things. I listed all of them. When I was feeling down about our situation that is what I did and that was a great pick me up.When I was hungry I’d think ‘Ok, I may be hungry for now but, I have an amazing family who would do anything for me. I am safe, I have shelter from the outside, I have clothes, I have friends, I have a dog and I have the internet…etc.‘ I’d keep going until I couldn’t think of anything else. This was a time that truly taught me to be thankful and to rely on God when things are hard. Also, and this is amazing, we ate every day. God kept his word and we ate every day. Sure it was a dollar taco from Taco Bell but it was food. Sure, it was a packet of ramen, but we ate and we were sustained. Sure, we had a hard time communicating back and forth with each other, but we were able to, still.
This was a time that drew me a little closer to the Him. So yes it was hard but it is in these hard times that we can really learn to trust God and watch him work miracles in our lives.
Since that time we are doing much better and no one has gone hungry, thanks to God. It is so, so, so, important that we remember His promises and that He said that He would never forsake us. Even when it seems that we are all alone and that nothing and no one can get us out of a tough situation, keep your eyes on Him. Pray, believe in Him, place your burdens on Him and don’t worry about it. Jesus is the key to getting through this life, not unscathed, but saved and without stress.
This post was rather short but I was inspired by my church and I think that God put it in me to write this post today and share my story. I, of course, have more accounts of God doing amazing things in my life when things seemed dim but, those are for later posts.
Thank you for reading,