What an amazing start to the year. God is so good! Even in trials, He proves Himself faithful! Finances were tight this month. Really tight. But God knew exactly what we would face, and went ahead of us to make provisions! It has been such a blessing to feel His peace that surpasses all understanding, and to watch the ways in which He has worked all things out!
I have a friend who says we must "Thank God for the fleas!" It is a reference to Corrie Ten-boom, who was in a Nazi concentration camp, under some of the most deplorable surroundings imaginable. Corrie explains in her book, The Hiding Place, how the barracks were infested with fleas. It was such a terrible infestation, it acted as a repellant of the guards, just flat out refused to go into her particular barrack! Since no guards would go in for any reason, to search,or to cause trouble for the occupants, they were able to hold nightly Bible Studies. Corrie recalled hearing the Bible be read aloud, and then translated verbally throughout the room in many different languages. She explains it as a time of extreme growth in the Lord.
This month has been nothing compared to what Corrie Tenboom faced in her life. But it has been a challenge in my life. It has caused me to grow closer to God and rely on Him in a more meaningful way! And seeing how lavishly He provided for us was such a blessing! So today, I thank God for the fleas, in this case, it came in the form of financial hardship. Yet we always had our loved ones close, a roof over our heads, and our daily bread. God is so good, all the time!