It was a bag of mandarins.
This is significant because in December 2013, we received a bag of food from a church member. It was at a time when we had little money and no prospects for financial gains. Carter tapped me on my shoulder after the service and asked if I wanted some food?
We weren’t poorly dressed and shared with no one our financial situation. However, the local natives were privy to the pay scale of our local missionary Christian education school. I gratefully accepted.
On the way to the truck, Carter said our family came to his mind that morning. So, he began putting a bag of food together for us. In that bag were various fruits and vegetables, namely mandarins.
I hated mandarins. However, a hungry man will accept what is set before him. I felt that God had seen fit to provide me with such, and therefore I would eat. Strangely enough I began to like them after making myself swallow each not so well chewed bite.
This began a series of miracles that would serve as a reminder later.
Back to my original story from the year of December 2015. The next morning after receiving the mandarins, I remarked at breakfast how we should have a December tradition of eating this wonderful orange citrus. It should become a memorial to God of how He has delivered our family in times past from financial stress. We laughed and carried on with our day.
Now here we stood that night after reviewing our budget. Andrea was distressed and longingly desired to see her family who lived thousands of miles away. I remembered the mandarins and encouraged her that God takes care of His servants. We were doing His work and it was His problem. We only had to respect His choice whether He provided or not.
Within the next few days, Andrea received a job offer of $500 for about a week of work. We considered it an answer to prayer but still acknowledged a deficit. We used our tax return money to compensate for the shortfall each month throughout the year, and that had run dry by this point. Additionally, the job was for a month later in January.
A few days afterward, we stopped by the campus post office before heading out to town. In the mail box was envelope and I quickly recognized that it was a holiday card. There was no sender name. I opened the card before hopping back in the car and in it was $200 with Galatians 6:9, “Let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (KJV). The verse welled up tears but they were not released. Yet.
I then remembered a text that I had a package delivered at the campus store. I thought it was a purchase I had made for the school. I walked in and Linda handed me an envelope. I immediately notice this one was thicker than the last. I sat back in the car and before pulling off, I asked Andrea to open it. I informed her that there must be a large sum of money in that envelope.
She opened the card slowly and out fell $400 in cash and a $100 gift card. The verse in this card was Philippians 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (ESV). Oh, how the tears flowed. I could hardly speak, but I managed to wring out a prayer of praise to God. Even now I type with tears.
I hope you and I both never forget, “Our heavenly Father has a thousand ways to provide for us of which we know nothing. Those who accept the one principle of making the service of God supreme, will find perplexities vanish and a plain path before their feet…He has means for the removal of every difficulty, that those who serve Him and respect the means He employs may be sustained” (Ministry of Healing, EG White).
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