I’m not always comfortable with talking about money and mixing it with language of provision, blessings, and God’s grace…but I know that there’s some legitimacy and truth in God desiring to bless His work in us…
What I mean by this is that I’m extremely uncomfortable when religious folks speak of the aforementioned things with absolute clarity. And consequently, it becomes a formula and we try to sell it:
a + b + c & if you abc = d = 10x = wealth
While I don’t believe it’s a science, I absolutely believe that
- we’re called to be faithful in our stewardship and resources
- we’re called to be generous
- we’re called to live in faith and obedience and God honors and blesses His work
As I recall the occasions of the past 9 years since we planted Quest, founded Q Cafe, and gave birth to One Day’s Wages this past year, I can’t share with you the number of times I was drowning in worry, anxiety, and fear. Often times, the question that swirled through my mind were various forms of the following question:
How will I make it work?
But eventually, fear, anxiety, and doubt would submit to trust – with great protest…and God would somehow again remind me of my foolishness and His provision and Grace.
What are your stories of God’s crazy provision?
For me, the list is too many but I’d like to share with you three stories of God’s provision including one yesterday:
Quest – In the beginning, we were struggling to even come up with paying our monthly $200 rent! In the first few months, I was so anxious and then one Sunday, a newer couple came to me and asked one of the stupidest questions in the history of Questerverse:
“We’re new to Quest but we feel convicted to tithe to this church. We were recently on Wheel of Fortune and won a load of money. Can we tithe to Quest?”
Q Cafe – The coffeeshop business is cutthroat in Seattle and in the first year we were really getting our butts kicked. A customer walked in, ordered a latte, and asked to meet with me. She shared her story and we had a great conversation. She eventually left and handed me “a tip.” I didn’t think it was that big of a deal but when I looked at the envelope she gave me later, it was a tip for $10,000.
We make good lattes but they’re not that good.
One Day’s Wages – Yesterday, I received this check and it was specifically a grant for ODW. It’s not a huge amount but I can’t tell you how much it encouraged me. So much!
So many crazy stories. The craziest one might be the story of this church and community giving themselves and a $5-6 million dollar property to Quest.
Be hopeful. Be encouraged.
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
– 2 Corinthians 9:8