In the last three days God has really been moving in my life. This past weekend, I finally had a breakthrough with an ungodly soul tie I had been fighting and I had an amazing supernatural experience with God. What I felt in his presence is beyond words. So while on Saturday and Sunday I received bigger breakthroughs, I really have to share a smaller breakthrough.
The job I currently have, literally pays me just enough to get by. Half of my check I put to the side for rent and the other half I live off of for two weeks and pay other bills out of. So in a nutshell I live off of $200 every two weeks. Less than that when bills get deducted. I’ve gone weeks with only $1 and some change to my name.
Anywho, to make a long story short, I applied for food stamps to help with groceries around the house between my roommate and I. I had been getting them since January. In May I had to renew my benefits. I sent in my paper work several times and for whatever reason the process had been getting held up. Either they kept saying they weren’t getting my paperwork, or the information hadn’t been processed. I had went without food stamps since May, it’s now July.
All last week I kept calling the food stamp office trying to get some answers. Needless to say over the phone, I didn’t get very far. At one point last week, I really had gotten to the end of my patience. I end up going to the actual office Monday and explaining to them what was going on. Initially the first lady I spoke with seemed unresponsive. I wasn’t sure, how to react to her. I had to pray for patience, because at the end of the day I realized she’s simply a clerk up front. Eventually she sent me over to another window to speak to someone else.
The guy at the window told me, that I didn’t need to pull out anymore documents. ( I had brought everything with me. Faxes and all. Confirmation, notes of who I had called and dates things had been sent.) He explained to me that none of my paperwork had been processed and that they hadn’t even been processing my income correctly. He said he would go into the system to process the information and fix what needed to be fixed to get my food stamps back on as soon as possible. When I asked for a timeline, he literally said, “I can’t give you one, but you just have to trust me. I will work to make sure you get all the food stamps owed to you, even the months you missed.” He even said that if they had a chance to work on anything later in the day, they would call me.
Initially when I heard that, I was like God did I just waste my time? Where’s the concrete evidence? Then I simply said, ok I will pray and trust that all will be done. I’ll give the people a week and try again. I had to pray for patience. I walked out, at peace. Not totally sure, but at peace.
Less than an hour later, the guy called my phone. He explained that this whole time I had actually been getting cheated out of my food stamps. Instead of getting $189, I had been getting $121. So he explained that they would have to pay me back from January to June all the money I had been missing. He said the total amount would be around $530. He also said that my food stamps for July should be available the next day.
So I was really excited. Happy that someone had finally came through. But the true test was me calling my card today and seeing what the balance was. I called this morning and the balance was $719.90. I couldn’t believe it! All I could say was God you are so great. All the aggravation I went through, trying to talk to these people and getting nowhere.It was all worth the wait!
And I know for some people it may not seem like a big deal, but literally if you saw the scraps of food we were living off of and how many times we had to be creative with left over chicken, you’d be just as excited. Lol. I promise you having the food stamps makes a difference. I literally don’t have money to buy groceries by the time I’m done paying bills out of $200. I’m lucky to save $10-$15 when I can.
But I shared that just as a reminder on a bigger scale that it pays off to wait for God. No matter what the situation is in life. Wait on him, because he will make it worth your wait. It’s better to wait and he give you all that he has, than for you to try and make it happen and get something beneath the quality he wants you to have.
So even in the small things God is showing me who he is and I’m even realizing this is a principle I need to apply to other areas of my life. How I trusted him for food stamps, I should trust him for other things even greater than that in my life.