As you all know, I have been at college now for almost 2 1/2 years.That means a very long time without any serious form on income. This, in turn, means that there is great potential for stress as a guy moves closer and closer to being married. Rather than feeling a sense of responsibility being met, I am keenly aware of how I am going to be dependant on my (soon to be) wife for the next six months, while I finish of my studies.
As we look into our future, “concessions” is the word that seems to ring in our (or at least my) ears. Do we choose to live in a dump because you can’t afford a nice place, you don’t have much rental history and you only want a 6-month lease? Do we try & get some furniture when we have so many other things we could be getting? What about whitegoods.You need a fridge & a washing machine etc, but what do you do if you plan to move overseas next year & fridges & washing machines are just going to spend most of their warranty in storage?
These are all things that can weigh on the mind of a couple.
Or to put it another way, they were all things that could have weighed on our minds…
But fortunately, God is a good. Stresses have melted away as God has answered our prayers. Let me just run you through a couple of the blessings.
1: Finding a house: What a stress! We have to have a place that is handy to either my college or Shona’s work. The places near here are not nice at all, the places near Shona have 20 or more couples going for each one!
Enter Nici & her two friends. Nici tells me that her friends are going to Bali to be missionaries & are looking to rent their place out. I make a quick phone call to them. One week later, we have a lovely place that is 10 mins walk to Shona’s work PLUS with Nici and Jeremy living in the same block. I can carpool to college! God is good!
2: Furniture: We have been doing some marriage prep with Fergus (the minister) as we started off the first night in the church lounge room, Fergus notes how it is a little crowded with too many couches. 10 seconds later, Tim & Shona have a new (used) couch! Nice!
3: Whitegoods: I am staring into the mail room at college, hoping for some mail-love, when Allan walks up behind me.
“Hey Allan”, I reply.
“You don’ need a fridge do you? It’s not that big, but it’s not too small either. It’s a spare that we lent to T&C, but they don’t need it anymore & now it is just sitting in our garage”.
“That would be awesome!”, Tim responds with unbridled enthusiasm.
I know Allan & his wife & I like them both, but we’re not the closest of friends, yet they are thinking about my situation & actually approaching me about how they can help me!
4: Furniture (part B): I am reading my email & I notice I have one from the “Capt’n” who is living with his lovely wife in England these days.
“No.2”, emails the Capt’n. “how are you going for furniture in your new place? We’re about to put some stuff in storage from our house in Sydney. Could you use some?”
The captain, like Allan & Fergus, is a thoughtful, Godly and considerate man.
1:My good friends at college, thinking about me & seeking to help out. To be expected.
2: My minister, who has a thousand other worries on his mind, still keen to look for solutions for Shona & I. Something you would hope is the case in the church, yet are pleased when you find out it really is a reality.
3: Fellow students. In a different year of college, largely in different social circles, yet still looking out to serve. Unexpected. A great example of how and why Christian community can be a fantastic thing.
4: A friend, 12,000 kms away, yet right there with you in spirit. Thinking about you, praying for you and, even from that great distance, offering thoughtful and practical assistance to his brother and sister in Christ!
People ask me how I am handling the stress of all the things on my plate. Essays to write, Sermons to preach, exams coming up, followed by a wedding.
I have to say I am feeling pretty good. Certainly not because I am that organised or thoughtful. But, when houses, furniture and fridges get offered to a couple who are praying about how this kind of stuff will sort out, you can’t help but feel confident that God is in control.
God is in control.
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Dude that is awesome!
Halleluia and amen to that!!!! God is so cool. =)
I am sure you have read it a thousand times, but when you are in full time ministry it doesn’t hurt to read it again, and again and give thanks….
Do Not Worry
22Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life[b]? 26Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
27″Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
32″Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
That’s fantastic! God does work in wonderful ways.
Quick question – is Nici’s maiden name “Angel”? If so, I think she and Jeremy go to my church, and the friends who are going to Bali could be Luke and Michelle, which means it is a very small world!!
Thanks for popping by and giving me some photography tips – awesome!!
amongst all the furniture you need, is a 4-6 seater (adjustable) dining table something which is still lacking? the chairs may be a month or two in the coming but the table is ready to go… just let me know. when we hang out at the lowenbrau. which is such a cool thing to be doing next week.
You really are surrounded by some wonderful people! If there is anything else specifically you need, let me know because in my family we have an assortment of furniture items in storage that you may find usefull.
Hey timmy, as always a little late on the band wagon, but what do you still need? We have a 2 yr old 51cm TV sitting around doing nothing for a while? Let me know.
I am at CIM and actually had dinner with Sam and Arend on Friday night – I didn’t meet you at the wedding but I was there 😉