Monday, October 19, 2009

. . . who does not change like shifting shadows

James 1:2-4
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

My weekend was busy, especially for someone who hadn't been anywhere other than the doctor or pharmacy for 2 weeks. It was the first time I put on make up in 2 weeks. Yesterday I went to a baby shower for my niece! I'm so glad I was able to go, but it really did wear me out. {and I didn't do much, other than sit and eat!} I'm looking forward to being an aunt and can't wait to meet my brother and sister in law's beautiful blessing.
A good night's sleep helped me feel better, and then a phone call this morning helped me feel amazingly better. We had a substantially large medical bill from my thyroid surgery looming over our heads. I had called to make a payment over a month ago and was told unless I could double the amount I was going to pay, they would be turning my account over to collections. I
explained that I couldn't afford to pay anymore than I was offering, but that I would do everything I could to pay it off as soon as possible. My call was transferred several times, until a lady explained that if I would turn in some financial records perhaps they could adjust my bill accordingly.
I mailed them some paperwork, and have been waiting, and trying not to think about it. I hadn't heard anything back from them and decided it was time to face the facts. I needed to know what had been determined. I was dreading talking to them, for fear they would tell me they had sent my account to collections and neglected to notify me.
I mustered up my courage and called the hospital billing office, asking to speak to the lady I'd spoke with before. Cringing, I explained the situation and asked for the outcome. "Your bill has been written off at 100%." she said in a German accent. In excited, disbelief I repeated back to her what she said to me and she agreed that is what she had said.

I am so thankful that my God provides all my needs! This is such an amazing gift from Him. My Father is so gracious and compassionate to us, He is good and He can be trusted. This season of health issues and mono has been is difficult, but I can truly say I am thankful for it. God is teaching me and Joe so much about His love and His faithfulness.
Only a few weeks ago, Joe and I left a Bible study where we had talked about the verse at the top of this post. I was completely baffled how any one could be happy to go through trials. {let alone having pure joy} And now, I am starting to understand, this time has brought me joy, happiness knowing and seeing God's faithfulness.
This scripture came to mind as I was hanging up the phone with the lady about my bill, I looked it up and discovered that it's from the same chapter as the scripture I just referenced...

James 1:17

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.


Kristen & Cliff said...

wow! What a testimony! PTL!

Sweats, Nikes, and No Make-up said...

That's so awesome about the hospital bill, Miranda! It's amazing how God takes care of us like that!!

Kari @ p.s. said...

What else can you say but Praise the Lord! Awesome testimony.

{Kimber} said...

WOW!!! What a blessing!!! :)

Andrea said...

That is SO wonderful!!! What an incredible blessing for you...just proves once again that no matter what, God will always take care of us. :)

Joye @ The Joyeful Journey said...

What a miracle!! God is SO good!!! This testimony is just incredible! My faith is lifted today!

sunny said...

So encouraging! What a light heart you must have had after that phone call!

mummyof5monsters said...

Thinking of you, so glad you had good news:)