Who’s an adult?
Depending on who you talk to, there are various markers for adulthood. Voting. Going to war. Turn 21. Leaving for college. All are possibilities. For me it was marriage.
Kia and I married fairly young (I was 21; she was 20). We both lived away from home at college before marriage, but married life made us grow up fast.
As an adult, early in our marriage, I have a few vivid memories of God coming through for us. These moments shaped how I saw God, and how I expect Him to act now. Here are two specific stories.
Being an adult means bills belong to you! Kia and I had to figure out rent, utilities, school, gas, car, groceries and medical. Did we have help? Absolutely! But the burden was on us.
Early in our marriage, I remember the weight of a specific medical bill. Looking back now, it was nothing – less than $200. At the time, it was pressing…even overwhelming. I didn’t know how we were going to pay that bill.
As I considered and prayed about this debt, I went about my daily life including getting the mail. That day, I went to the mailbox and found an envelope from Kia’s grandmother. Inside was a check for $200.
In the midst of my concern and my (minor) debt, God showed up.
Another larger concern was school. Kia and I were both had a couple of years of school to finish when we got married. While our parents supported our marriage, they didn’t feel it was their duty to continue to pay for our school. Today, I totally see their point. Then it wasn’t so easy.
Again, God came through.
My dad did continue to support me with a monthly stipend. My grandfather left a small amount of money. Kia received scholarships to pay for her school and some of mine. I received additional scholarship money.
We walked out of private college, with degrees, debt free.
I saw God move in my life.
Why do those stories matter?
It matters, because as an adult, I’ve seen God move. I’ve seen Him take care my family time and time again. Because God took care of me then, I know He will do it again. I know God will take care of me.
Perhaps you will think to yourselves, ‘How can we ever conquer these nations that are so much more powerful than we are?’ But don’t be afraid of them! Just remember what the lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all the land of Egypt. Remember the great terrors the lord your God sent against them. You saw it all with your own eyes! And remember the miraculous signs and wonders, and the strong hand and powerful arm with which he brought you out of Egypt. The lord your God will use this same power against all the people you fear. -Deuteronomy 7:17-19
Israel saw God move on their behalf. It mattered.
I saw God move on my behalf. It mattered.
God has moved on your behalf. Have you seen it? It matters.
Have you seen God move for you? Has He provided? Has He spoken to your heart? Has He given you strength – physical, emotional, spiritual?
Look again. He’s been there. He’s moved for you. Just as important, He will do it again. And again. And again. And again.
God will come through. He did it then. He’ll do it again.