He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.
Psalm 40:3 (NLT)
December was a rough month at our house. My husband had been out of steady work for twelve months. The freelance gigs he had been doing which helped extend his unemployment benefit had dried up. In his profession, December and January have never been very good months.
To top it all off, his emergency unemployment compensation had expired mid-December as it had been one year since he was last regularly employed and a review had to be done on him once again. He got no warning about this of course. He simply abruptly learned that although there were still available funds for him, he would not be collecting them and he had to file for unemployment once again. We were very thankful that he would get them once again although at a greatly reduced rate because his earned income over the past 18 months has been so drastically reduced. In addition to that, we would have to skip a week of payments once the "new" regular unemployment began as that is the policy.
We had enough to pay our mortgage and expenses through the first week of January. On January 4th, things were not looking good. With this in mind, I wrote a blog entitled: The Brook Dried up. Unless God intervened, my husband and I were going to reach the bottom of the barrel within the next two weeks. I am no longer able to "pitch-in" and help like I did for so many years whenever we would face some sort of financial challenge. I simply must pray and do what I can to support my husband. He tells me that is the best thing I can possibly ever do and reassures me I am not "dead weight". I have a purpose and I am doing it. He's a good husband.
Nothing changed on Friday, January 5th, at least from my vantage point. There was something going on. I just couldn't see it. The weekend passed and I could not see any change in our circumstances. Nearly all our money was gone and it would not be enough to carry us through the rest of January.
On Monday morning, I decided to check to make sure a payment I had made the week before had cleared. I logged into my account and let out a SCREAM!
My husband came running. I was in such shock that I could only point to the computer screen and gasp out the word, "LOOK!" There was dead silence for a moment and then a yell, "Where did that come from?"
Feebly I pointed to the entry once again. It was backpay for the funds he had not received in December. No one had told him this would happen after his case was reviewed. He knew he was eligible to file once again but no one had said that if he was approved, he would get that which had been withheld last month.
I can only say that at the right time, God has once again provided what we need when we need it. I can only say this filled in the gap we were facing for the month of January. I only know that yesterday, at my house, we cried out to the Lord yet another new song to sing. A hymn of praise to our God. Truly He does amazing things!
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