We’re back from our trip and I’ll post more on that later, but I can’t NOT add this post.
It’s the end of the month and as usual, we’re low on funds. What else is new? By the time I got home last night from “the drive that never ended” I had remaining in my wallet – 5 rupees. That’s about 10 cents. My driver came to drop off the car today and I asked him to take me to the bank. We hadn’t been home for 5 days and there wasn’t much in my kitchen.
This is what was in my house:
some green chilies
(those 3 ingredients are the base for most curries)
I had lentils and rice in abundance – so I made that for lunch.
We had about 1/3 lb* of flour for making chapattis. We do have wheat that we send to get ground into flour, but I didn’t even have the 15 rupees or so to grind it.
O. won’t be back until Monday AM and probably with empty pockets as well and I was wondering if the other 7 people I feed in my house daily would mind living on lentils and rice for 2 full days.
Back to my tale. So, Nitin (driver) drops off the car and tells me his older brother is coming over to give back some money. I didn’t pay attention; I was just trying to get past my guilt of asking Nitin to drive me into town on his day off. I really wanted to go to the bank so I could get some vegetables to hold us over.
Long story short – the ATM wasn’t coughing up any money for me today. Oh dear.
Nitin** says, no problem, by brother is coming over today to give you that money we borrowed. I’ll go get him. A few minutes later there was the brother putting 5000 rupees*** in my hot little hands. Praise the Lord! God had provided that money for us before I even knew we needed it. So now we can buy veggies and eggs and grind our wheat and get poor E. a bag of chips that she was desperately desiring this morning.
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; ... is not life more than food...? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" Matt. 6:25-27
*We generally have about 10 lbs of flour in the house
**This story is much more deep than this. Nitin is Hindu and has been witnessed to many times. All of this happened right in front of his eyes. He doesn't deny that it was the Lord who provided.
***This money is not technically ours and will go to its proper place in a few days once the ATM is feeling friendly towards me again.