And . . . . We're Homeless

The year was 2004, the year of the hurricanes.  Hurricane Frances had just passed through the area making a mess of things.  At that time we lived in an RV trailer in Okeechobee.  Our goal was to save enough money to buy a home, now that Anneka was here.

For a couple of weeks, we lived with one of the families in the church.  Each day I would go out to the trailer hope the electricity had come one and fix what Frances had destroyed.  Two weeks later the electricity does come on, and the trailer is ready to live in again.  Except, there's another hurricane headed our way.  Hurricane Jeanne came and destroyed said trailer - we were homeless.

A lot of people were homeless at that time.  The home we stayed in couldn't take us back; family members were in need of that space.  The closest place we could find a couch to sleep on was in Ft. Lauderdale.  90 miles away.  Every day we drove back and forth all the while looking for a place to live.

I was ready to throw in the towel.  Being homeless with a 1-year-old isn't good.  All of our worldly goods were packed in plastic trash cans.  Everyone in the church had been impacted by the hurricanes.  Most of them were housing other friends and relatives who were homeless.  Apartment rentals skyrocketed from $600 a month to over $2,000 a month.  I was done.  That's when Betty reminded me of a verse in the Bible.

Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God.

"Fine," I said begrudgingly.  The next day I was attending a local ministers meeting.  A Baptist pastor asked me how I was doing?  I told him how I was commuting due to my homelessness.  He said, "I think I have a solution for you."  The next day we were able to rent a small cottage that was within our budget.  It was humble and quaint, but it met the need.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, my problems, are your problems.  I can't fix them, and I need you today.  So I will be still and watch you go to work in my life.  AMEN.

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