God Wows Via "Vicki" Once Again

June 2, 2009

COLUMBUS, OH (AP)–33-year-old local woman, “MT,” stood inside her front door stunned this afternoon after a trip to the mailbox.

Her day began normally enough, she told reporters. Her husband walked their older two children to the bus stop, then left for a day at “the office.” A  self-employed work-at-home web designer, he spends Tuesdays doing work for their church in Dublin. MT recalled spending time in prayer after he left, “asking God to provide in a big way for our needs.” She referred to it as “believing big” during times when finances were especially tight.

“I hate that I still get worked up when things get hairy, ” she said. “I, of all people, should know better. Why should this day, after a million and one days of timely provision, be the one day that God can’t pull through for us?”

She was doing fine until she checked their online banking statement after lunch. Back in March, her husband’s check card had been replaced due to “suspicious activity.” This messed up several automated payments that came out of their checking each month. While gallivanting around in Texas (or was it Oklahoma?) in April, the couple’s cell phone/internet payment wasn’t deducted from their checking. It came out today instead.

Long story short, they had insufficient funds to cover the withdrawal. There was still some money in the account but only because their most recent check hadn’t cleared yet. Ironically, it was a “tithe” check written to their aforementioned church. If the church treasurer cashed the check, it would bounce.

MT panicked. She prayed. She told God she believed Him for a miracle. Did she really? She took a deep breath, pulled out her Zoo Fund Envelope, and fingered some bills that had been given to her by a generous couple. She sighed, yelled to her 3-year-old daughter to put her Crocs on and drove to the bank.

Upon returning home, she put her daughter down for a nap, and checked her online account once again, horrified to discover something else had come out. Another panic. More prayer. She let her daughter sleep for an hour, grabbed the remainder of the envelope’s contents, and headed back to the bank, miserable. Their Zoo Fund was depleted, and it still wasn’t enough.

“I came home and tweeted, asking for prayer,” she told reporters, “and people prayed.” (It is not clear what “tweeted” means. It appears to have religious overtones.)

A short time later, she went to the mailbox, deflated and discouraged. Among a slew of circulars, there was a plain white envelope addressed to her. She opened it. There was a card (with religious overtones), a typed letter, a $50 bill.

Her jaw went slack, then “Praise You, Father. Praise You, Father. Praise You, Father.” She wanted to cry but grinned instead. And upon reading the letter, she grinned even bigger.

She gave us permission to quote it (in part) here.

Here’s a small contribution to the zoo fund. Sorry I’m always anonymous–it’s just who I am. I do have to mention this… When I sent you the $ for your Pei Wei fund, the next day my Grandma sent me a sweet note with a $20 bill in it–for no reason. When I sent you the Victoria’s Secret card, during the following week, I got not 1, not 2, but 3 free panty coupons from VS! CRAZY! … Anyway, I would have sent you the cards, but about that time, the whole fiasco with your blog comments started, and I didn’t want to make the situation any more chaotic… The money I’m sending you now is something else that just landed back in my lap… So, though it’s not enough for the whole westward trip, it’s a start. It’s way more fun to give than receive–especially anonymously!

When prodded, MT refused to comment on “the whole VS blog fiasco” but told reporters that this has been a most uncomfortable year in many ways. She reflected back on times in the not-so-distant past when she and her husband were the ones sending gifts to others. “I agree with ‘Vicki,'” she said. “I want to be the one giving, not receiving. But God has stretched me and grown me–and humbled me–in a zillion ways in the past few months, and looking back, I can’t say that I’d change a minute of it.”

Her husband got home at 5:00 p.m., she relayed the day’s saga to him, he checked his e-mail and found a “random” $50 payment from his internet hosting company. The phone/internet bill is taken care of. Coincidence? MT thinks not.

“It’s manna, I tell you,” MT said. “It falls from heaven. Just the amount we need, right when we need it. Sure, there are lots of times when we get sick of manna and long for the food we ate back in Egypt, but what a privilege to get your daily bread directly from Jehoveh-Jireh Himself. We’ll take that over leeks and cucumbers any day.” (It is unclear what MT means by “manna.” Apparently, it is a biblical reference.)

A week ago, her husband got a phone call from the church he grew up in. They want a new website, and they’ll pay half upfront next week. The Zoo Fund will be restocked–all $170 of it + Vicki’s $50. The family of five will pile in their mini-van once more and head east, trusting God will be there waiting with His manna.

28 thoughts on “God Wows Via "Vicki" Once Again

  1. Elizabeth

    I randomly picked about 10 posts from the last two weeks to read instead of Marking All as Read, and this is the first one I came to. I love it. I love the message it speaks to me and the honesty with which you share this story and your heart in it. Creativity and brilliance just pour from you, and the Lord is blessing you and your family so very much!

  2. Carrie

    This is wonderful. God is so amazing & I’m so thankful for how He provided for you today! You know what else is amazing? After how many million times He provides for us, don’t we always end up forgetting to trust??? Crazy! 🙂

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  4. whimzie

    I loved this post. And the reminder that like He provided Israelites for the manna, He continues to provide for His children today.

    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile. I read “Finding Him Bigger” and came over after Elizabeth “introduced” you to us. So glad to have found you.

  5. deanna

    When I read this post, the first thing that popped in my head was the following song. I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but here are the words.

    VERSE 1
    You may be down and feel like God
    Has somehow forgotten
    That you are faced with circumstances
    You can’t get through
    But now it seems that there’s no way out
    And you’re going under
    God’s proven time and time again
    He’ll take care of you

    CHORUS
    And He’ll do it again
    He’ll do it again
    If you’ll just take a look
    At where you are now
    And where you’ve been
    Well hasn’t He always come through for you
    He’s the same now as then
    You may not know how
    You may not know when
    But He’ll do it again

    VERSE 2
    God knows the things you’re going through
    And He knows how you’re hurting
    You see he knows just how you’re heart
    Has been broken in two
    But He’s the God of the stars, of the sun and the sea
    And He is your Father
    You see He can calm the storm
    And He’ll find some way to fix it for you

    CHORUS

    BRIDGE
    Oh He’s still God and He will not fail you
    Oh He’s still God and He will not change
    Know, Know that He’s God and He’s fighting for you
    Yes, just like Moses, just like Daniel,
    And just like Shadrach and Meshach, Abednego

    CHORUS

    TAG
    You may not know how
    And you may not know when
    You may not know how
    You may not know when
    But I know that He’ll do it again
    He’ll do it again, again

  6. Tanya

    Marla that is SO awesome- I have come up short so many times come that dreaded first of the month, and He ALWAYS provides- with random checks from health insurance, or gifts in the mail…it’s amazing. So glad everything worked out for you!

  7. Mary

    What fantastic happenings!! Leave it to you to relay it in such a way that this sleep-deprived mom didn’t get we were talking about YOU until mid-way through. Man I need more sleep!!

  8. Cheryl

    What an awesome story, I’m so glad you shared it. In many ways, similar situations have been happening to me/my husband all year. I agree, I wish I wouldn’t worry so much, still working on that too.

    I’m also working on a zoo fund at the moment-the one we need to come see you on Aug 1 🙂 Waiting to find out news on one thing and then we can make more plans.

    BTW, I’ve always wanted to go to the Columbus Zoo (I live in MI, just never got there) and your event is currently the impetus to finally do it. One cool thing that’s happened so far is in making plans, I’ve reconnected with a dear friend from high school and if we do make it down, we hope to catch up with his family too. A wonderful ripple effect from your simply planning to have a party to celebrate God’s creation and His great goodness. Can’t wait to see what else He will do through this event.

    Safe travels.
    Cheryl

  9. Mavis

    Thanks for the encouragement! Its a great reminder that GOD still provides the “manna”, we just have to be looking for it!

  10. Laura

    Loved this post! God is so faithful.

    Also loved the …. twetted must have religious overtones!
    That just made me laugh! So now I guess that tells me I must follow you on twitter too. Thanks!
    Praise Him

  11. Krista

    What a neat story–thanks for sharing. Nothing is “random” with God! I am interested by the aside that the reporter was unfamiliar with “manna”–I’ve gotten more questions about “leeks and cucumbers” when using that phraseology myself. Love the reference.

  12. Peter P

    I refuse to get overawed when God does what he has promised us time and time again he will do…..

    But that is pretty amazingly cool.

    Awesome writing as well. I’m glad you got a professional reported to write this blog post!

    🙂

  13. janelle taviano

    He is GOD…HE is GOD…HE is GOD…without Faith it is impossible to please Him… it is being embedded in you…for the reason of your future work for HIS KINGDOM. amen ! How cool…How God !

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