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The Lord Provides

The Lord Provides

On Wednesday, I had only six dollars left in my bank account.

Sure, I do currently have over $1000 in my savings account. But I actually dipped into it last week to make sure I had enough money to cover the bill for my camera. After that bill hit Monday night, I had a less than thirty dollars in my account. I used twenty-one to buy gas. I was at about an eighth of a tank, and I considered driving with my gas light on to try to wait for payday on Thursday, but I was afraid of getting stranded somewhere with no gas. So I took a leap of faith.

Yes, I only had to wait two days for payday to hit from Tuesday night, and only one from Wednesday morning. A lot can happen in one or two days. I was also anticipating the beginning of the month bills – electricity, groceries, cell phone, website fee, tithes, credit card – the list sometimes feels never-ending. My paychecks at the beginning of the month go quite quickly.

In addition to month to month expenses, I was thinking toward my summer expenses. Registration is on March nineteenth, so the horizon for summer courses is approaching. My current Pell Grant and student loans are only enough to pay for my apartment through the summer, so my fees would pretty much have to come out of pocket. I could either a) use the money in my savings like I did last summer, or b) charge the summer school fees to my credit card. I’m still rebuilding my savings from last summer; I had over $1600 in there before school expenses. Option b is viable, but that would require me to pay off the $350 worth of debt I currently have on my card from paying for school books (which totaled to almost $700 this semester, so I’ve paid off a lot of it) and from buying Christmas gifts. My credit limit is only $1500, so I’d still have to find another source of income. The way my school schedule is set up currently, if I’m not in class, I’m tutoring at my job. If I’m not at my job, I’m in class. I don’t get out of class until eight at night and I have classes as early as nine in the morning, so working a retail job right now isn’t plausible, as retailers don’t want employees who can only work weekends. This, paired with the fact that $8 an hour, though above minimum wage, still doesn’t spread that wide and far, has had me worried. I had no idea how I was going to pay for all these expenses, but in order to graduate on time, I have to take at least one summer course because it’s a prerequisite to my capstone course. I was stressed and stuck.

A lot can happen in one day.

I woke up Wednesday morning and did my routine of working out, showering, making breakfast…the usual . I prayed for God to give me peace, and resolved that I was going to have an amazing day. Once I got to work, I got hit with an email saying that, in addition to my Zell Miller Scholarship (which pays for tuition but not for fees and books), I will be receiving more Pell Grant for over the summer. I will have to pay little, if any, out-of-pocket expenses over the summer. This is in addition to the money I can make working my job as a tutor on campus.

The Lord provides.

Not too long after that, I received a text message from one of the people I tutor regularly. My schedule was booked up for the day, but they had a test scheduled for Friday (today) and really wanted the extra help. They asked me if I was willing to meet with them after my late classes, and because I really wanted them to do well on their test (as a tutor, I may or may not be overly invested in my students’ success), I agreed. We met together and prepared for the test, and they paid me $25 for the two and a half hours of outside help.

The Lord provides.

Even before I actually met with her, my sister texted our family group message saying she’d finally received her state income tax return from last year. I checked my bank account to see if maybe mine had as well – and was surprised with $73 of a return.

The Lord provides.

Yesterday (Thursday), I had a session with the student who asked for my extra help. They said, “We actually did two and a half hours of tutoring yesterday, not just two. I didn’t mean to short you, I was just tired once we finished. I sent you six dollars through Venmo for how much I shorted you by.” Although it was incredibly thoughtful, they didn’t have to do that at all and I didn’t expect it at all.

The Lord provides.

My Bible App Scripture of the day for Thursday was Psalms 27:14. “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” So here is my testimony for this week: wait on the Lord. Give all your problems and worries up to Him, because He will make a way. Even when the going is tough and things look bleak, or the future is uncertain, he will pull you through. I started Wednesday with barely enough money to buy myself a meal, but ended Wednesday with over $100 in my bank account. Just that quickly, God can turn your situation around, as long as you wait on Him and have faith and confidence in His works.

The Lord provides.

XO, Ky M.

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