Chapter XX God Provides

December 13, 2016

Chapter XX God Provides

After losing his job, the thing Paul was most concerned about was how they were going to be able to pay their rent. He always had a good relationship with the owner of the house and he wanted to keep it that way. He decided the prudent thing to do would be to tell him that he had lost his job and wasn’t sure about how he would be able to pay the rent. The owner was very understanding of Paul when he told him what happened. His wife was listening to the conversation from the kitchen. She stepped into the living room and asked her husband if perhaps Paul could make some chests of drawers they were needing for two of their bedrooms. They both explained to Paul what they had in mind. Paul said, “Sure, I could make them, but my problem is that I don’t have tools of my own with which to work.”

The owner said to Paul, “Let’s go to the kitchen and I’ll do some figuring.” he asked his wife to put the tea kettle on so they could drink mate. Paul said he could do the job for $400 pesos, not counting the cost of the materials. The owner said, “Ok, we will take $200 out of that for your rent and with the other $200 you can buy some tools.’ Paul said, “That still leaves me with another problem. I don’t have a place to work.” The owner said, “It so happens that I have a store front that I want to rent. For now, you could work there.” Paul took the measurements of the chests of drawers they wanted made and gave the owner a list of the wood he would need. The owner said he would let him know when he had everything ready for him.

Paul went back home with a big smile on his face. The first thing he said to Mary was “It looks like God is already answering our prayers. The owner of the house has a job for me.” They rejoiced together.

Carlitos came home from school that day with his hip pocket ripped open. Mary asked him what happened. He explained to her that a boy grabbed him by his hip pocket and he tried to get away. Her first thought was “It looks like he is going to need a new pair of pants.” Almost immediately she realized that Paul was without work and they had to watch their money awful close. The only other solution would be to sew it up.

After Carlitos changed his clothes she threaded a needle and sat down to sew up his pocket. As she did so, a feeling of bitterness entered her mind. She began to think back over the previous weeks and months. She thought “All this began because of our friendship with the Alvarez family and because we are going to the Bible studies at their house.” It was as if Satan was putting into her mind the temptation to break off the relationship with the Alvarez family and go back to life as it was before they knew them. But then she thought of the peace that flooded her soul that night when she accepted Christ as her Savior. “I didn’t do wrong when I did that” she said to herself. Dr. Alvarez has told us that tribulation will come when we follow Christ. She remembered also how God was answering their prayers.

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