For the past couple of years, God has led our family to serve as foster parents for a number of children through our connections with the Montrose Street Reach. While it can be challenging at times, it has been amazing to see God’s guidance and provision through these times. I’d like to share just one of the amazing stories about how God provides in beautiful ways when you are obedient to Him.
Our current foster children came into our homes in the summer of 2012. The older girl needed to be enrolled in school, and as we prayed about it we felt God directing us to look at a nearby private Christian school. Though there was no way we could afford the tuition and fees, they allowed us to enroll her and we began the process of applying for financial aid.
One morning, some friends of ours from our homeschooling community walked up to my wife and handed her a check for $500…a specific amount that God had put on their hearts for helping out our foster children. Later that day, the school sent home a notice that the enrollment fee would be $450. Done…and with $50 to spare!
Meanwhile, the financial aid was delayed for a few weeks while we sorted through some paperwork. She continued in school and we simply prayed that somehow we would get a huge break in the tuition costs…which normally ran close to $700 a month. As we shared that prayer with our LifeBridge church family one Sunday, one of the members went home that day and shared our story with her sister. Her sister said “it was like a lightbulb went off in my head” because she had recently set aside some money to donate somewhere…but just wasn’t sure where. As soon as she heard about our foster children, she knew that this was where it was supposed to go.
Later that day, they came out to our house and excitedly handed us an envelope with $1,000 cash in it. At first we tried to refuse such a large gift, but they insisted. Just a few days later, the school sent the notice that our tuition for the entire year would be — you guessed it: $1,050. The $50 left over from the first check, plus the $1,000 that had just been handed to us were exactly what was needed TO THE PENNY. We couldn’t help but chuckle at our God’s awesome provision.
This story happened a number of months ago, but I was compelled to write about it after a conversation I had with my confirmation class last night on the following verses from Matthew 7:7-11 where Jesus said:
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
– Pastor Michael