We got married in our early 20s, while my husband was a seminary student. We were so broke. I was temping here and there. We had a honeymoon baby and I was quite morning sick when I got pregnant.
After my husband graduated from seminary, he began working part-time for our church and so he got another part-time job since we REALLY needed the money. He looked for a part-time job where he could begin quickly, so he began delivering pizzas! Thinking back, I am so proud of him, because even though this was not his dream job, he was/is so humble and hard-working. He was willing to do anything to provide for our little family. Anyone who works with my husband knows he is such a hard worker and always puts others above himself. ❤
I am thankful that neither of our parents freaked out on us, even though they had higher hopes for us since he did just graduate from a prestigious seminary with his Masters in Divinity!
We were living pay check to pay check and one day I realized we only had a couple of diapers left for our son, but payday was sadly nowhere close. I remember I told my husband about our predicament and he said, “Well, we can’t buy diapers yet…we only have enough money in our bank account for my gas that I need to go to work…”
We didn’t know what to do, maybe we prayed, maybe we didn’t…I honestly don’t remember.
Shortly after this conversation, we pulled up to a gas station to get the gas my husband needed for work that week.
Then the most amazing thing happened.
The gas attendant looked at us and then RANDOMLY said to my husband, “Do you need diapers?” At first, we thought we misunderstood him. He did not wait for our response. Still confused, we watched him go inside the gas station and come out holding a pack of Pampers IN MY SON’S EXACT DIAPER SIZE! He said, “Someone just left this here earlier today for some reason, do you guys want them?!”
I mean seriously, my husband and I were in complete shock as we thanked him! We were just in absolute awe of God and His provision. How in the world did some random stranger leave a pack of good, brand new diapers in my son’s exact size?!
I love this exhortation in Matthew 6:25-27
Do Not Worry
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?
Honestly, we have seen so many financial miracles in our lives, but this diaper story still gets my attention to this day. God knows each one of us. He knows our needs. He knows our desires. He loves my children more than I do (as a mother, it is hard for me to grasp God loving my kids more than me…but it’s true!)
I just wanted to share this story today to remind myself and anyone else reading about this truth! We are so loved and cared for by our Heavenly Father. He is so kind, it is a truth that I am learning and RELEARNING everyday.