By Sister Jody Greger
Against my wishes, my 20-year marriage had just ended in divorce. Because of the financial situation I now found myself in, I lost and had to leave my home that had been in my family for three generations. Depressed and alone, my daughter and I moved to a small two-bedroom apartment.
Not more than two weeks later, my washer and dryer stopped working. It was the last straw for me. I was so discouraged.
That Sunday, Brother Mark C. preached about how we need to go to God for even the “small things.” He said God cared about every aspect of our life.
The next morning as I did my Bible study, I prayed and told God that if He wanted me to go to a laundromat to do my laundry, then so be it, but that I needed a new washer and dryer. I was stepping out on faith and trying to trust Him for those small things. I tried my best to put it in His hands and go from there. I was living literally paycheck to paycheck and didn’t have any extra money to buy a washer and dryer.
The next day, someone knocked on my door. As I opened the door, my new landlord was standing there. I had only met her twice, so I didn’t know her well at all, but the first words out of her mouth were, “Do you need a new washer and dryer?”
I think I must have stood there speechless for several minutes, but when I simply said (in shock) “Yes, as a matter of fact, I do!” she went on to explain that a neighboring tenant was moving and needed to sell his washer and dryer. He was getting married and didn’t need them. He wanted $300 for both the washer and dryer. That was $300 more than I had, so I politely told her no thank you, I couldn’t afford it. Needless to say, I was disappointed again. The “bait” had been dangled in front of my nose, but I couldn’t bite!
Not more than an hour later, I heard another knock at my door. My landlord stood there with a personal check in her hand. She simply said, “I want you to have that washer and dryer. I need another star in my crown.” She handed me her personal check for $300 and said I could pay her back as slowly as I needed to — she knew where I lived!
I took it, and was happily looking forward to getting my washer and dryer. I assumed that they were used but in good working order. My neighbor soon came over and asked if he could deliver the washer and dryer to me. When he wheeled them into my garage, they were brand new, still wrapped in plastic, never been used! He worked for a department store and had just purchased them, but his new wife wanted hers instead. He not only delivered them but hooked them up for me — brand new and a matching set. I had never in my entire married life ever had a new matching set!
I marveled at the miracle that God had done for me. Something so insignificant, yet so meaningful to me. But, the story gets even better. God wasn’t done yet.
The following week at work, my secretary told me I had an extra check for some reason. She she didn’t know what it was. Curious, I opened the envelope. It was a one-time award from the State of California for people who have a certain certification, which I happened to have. Can you guess the amount of the check? It was $310, enough to pay back my landlord and have a little extra left over! Now, almost 18 years later, I still have that washer and dryer and they’re still working well.
Does God care about the “little things” in our life? I can certainly testify that He does!