I went in Tuesday for a checkup and heard two healthy heart beats. Everything is looking good and right on track. I did get bumped up a week so I am now officially 16 weeks!!
(Photography by Stacey III)
I also wanted to share a sweet story of God's gracious provision for us. I have drafted several posts about the way God has provided for us over the past few years, but always seem to find myself at a loss for words to adequately describe our gratitude or God's faithfulness. In August we have a significant payment due to our doctor. We have been praying about and seeking advice on what the best way to go about paying it, seeing as how we don't just have it ;). We considered using a credit card or working out some sort of payment plan with my doctor so as to have a little debt as possible. But, even in the midst of those very practical steps I consistently felt called to pray for manna. The Lord fed the Israelites for 40 years with manna. Provision, food, needs met - manna - that just showed up EVERY SINGLE MORNING.
Anyway, yesterday as I was leaving my appointment, as planned, I began to ask about our upcoming bill, was there a way for us to work out a payment plan or pay a portion etc. The receptionist looked up and said, "Actually someone has taken care of your bill. They wish to remain anonymous but it has been paid in full." PAID IN FULL - I just started crying (and spent the better part of the afternoon doing the same). I mean talk about manna just showing up. I immediately felt overwhelmed, overwhelmed by God's goodness, overwhelmed with gratitude, and overwhelmed at how unworthy I am - not only of God's provision but of friends/family (we seriously have no idea who did this) that know and love the Lord in a way that allows them to generously give what would seem foreign to most. It is such a perfect picture of the church, not "our" church but of the body of Christ, and it overwhelms me.
Although, when I think about what I know about my savior it really is just par for the course. A few months ago I was reading in Matthew 15 & 16. Just after the feeding of the 4,000 Jesus is on a boat with the disciples and they all get worked up because they have forgotten to bring bread. Jesus looks at them and says, "Do you still not understand?" Like, hello, did you miss the last few hours when I fed 4,000 people with seven loaves and a few small fish? Do you seriously think I can't provide some lunch (or a doctors bill)? Do you not understand who is on this boat with you?
Needs being met may not always look like a bill being paid in full by an anonymous donor, but when you understand and trust in who you've got in your boat you can rest assured that they will be met.