S01E22 The Miracle Deposit


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Hi, you’re listening to Alabaster Jars. A collection of perspectives on life and spirituality written by women, for women and read by women.


I’m Sheena and the title of today’s reading is “The Miracle Deposit”


The key verse for today is from Psalm chapter 37 verse 3


It says, (pause) “rust in the Lord and do good.”

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We had been married about four months when financial worries set in. Although the government was paying college tuition for my husband, fresh out of the Marines, we still had my tuition, rent and lots of other bills.


Being full-time students made it hard to find anything but campus jobs, which came with terrible hours and minimum wage. We were working hard, but sometimes it just wasn’t enough. It was easy for me to despair and imagine the worst: eviction, dropping out of school, not living my dream. This was my mood one weekend when I set out for church alone.


Tim had been working the night shift and had come home exhausted. I didn’t want to go to church by myself, but found that I couldn’t go back to sleep either. So I drove to the early service at church. Even sitting towards the front of the sanctuary, I couldn’t pay attention. My thoughts kept wandering.


Then I noticed the text for the sermon: “Trust in the Lord and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security. Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him” (Psalms 37:3-5, 7).


When the offering plate came around, I opened my purse. All I had was a five-dollar bill. I was saving it for gas, but I put it in the plate. I don’t know why I did it, but I did. Strangely, I didn’t experience panic; in fact, I felt better.


The following Monday, we stopped at the bank to withdraw whatever we had left for rent. I waited in the car. When Tim returned, he put a slip of paper in my lap. I looked down at it and my jaw dropped. Somehow, we were $6,000 richer.




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