Blessings, Not Luck

No matter how hard I try, I cannot seem to earmark blessings for my purpose.  You know the unexpected ones? As soon as I receive word that a blessing is mine, I *plan* it's use for something specific.  Here's what I mean.


My husband took a business trip to a city about two hours away.  It was a quick day trip, a brief meeting with an agency then head back home. Because he drove, he would get an expense check for the mileage.  Hooray for a little extra money.  That's what we call in the Finch Nest as "wiggle room."  Like an extra half inch in your waistband.  Breathing room so you feel more comfortable.

Or at least that's what I thought.

Yesterday morning he called from work and said that he got the expense check.  It was for $128.27.  Bingo.  We can deposit it tomorrow, then maybe pay down a debt or splurge and go out to dinner since his birthday was in a few days.

Or at least that's what I thought.

While I was preparing dinner that night, the phone rang and Caller ID displayed hubby's number.  He was calling me on his way home from work as he often does.  I answer in a ridiculous, gravelly voice (think Kathleen Turner from the movie Romancing the Stone) "Helllllllo?"

"Hey hon, listen,"

(Wait.  Did he not just notice my sultry voice?)

"My battery is dead.  Joe's gonna' jump it off.  I'll call you when I'm on the road." 

No wonder he didn't react to my playfulness.  He's dealing with a dead car battery.  Great.  He probably left the headlights on and the battery will be fine.

Or at least that's what I thought.

My husband did call me back while he was waiting at the Auto Parts store.  The guys performed a diagnostic on the van and decided the battery was dead and needed replacing.  We are relieved it's not the alternator or something worse than just a battery.

The cost of the battery?

$ 132.64

The expense check was $128.27.  The battery was $132.64 which is a difference of $4.37.  We bought a brand new battery for our van for $4.37.

Now don't ruin it with logic.  I know about the gas he used on his business trip.  It's a commodity.  I consider it gone.  The money was more than we had before and it was nearly enough for when we needed it.  It was a gift.  But you see what I mean about God's blessings?  He knows what we need better than we do.  We cannot always earmark blessings for what we think is best.  I don't know what you believe, but this is what I believe.  God knew the very day that my husband drove to the business meeting, he was going to expense the mileage.  That expense check was going to be almost the perfect amount we would need to replace the dead battery a few weeks later.

Some would call that luck. 

I call it a blessing and a gift from God.


Seeds to Share

James 1:17 - Every good and perfect gift is from above.