I know what you're probably thinking, "Why is Laura burning money?" Before I explain why I chose to share this picture, I want to let you know this isn't real money.
Why this particular picture? I'm learning more and more the value of money. A grand total of zip. Zero. Nada. Nope. What does money do for us? Allows us to buy stuff. Some things of importance like food and clean water. Other things like cars, houses and technology. I've found with more money comes more responsibility. How much to save? How much to spend and on what? Life is much more simple without money. I know our world functions by using currency to trade goods, but I think the majority of the time we pursue money for selfish reasons. I know I have and do.
A steady job with a fair income. Money for a house. Money to show others your superiority. Money for security. Hiding behind the shield of money from a scary life of uncertainty. A life unattached from a bank account.
Picture your life without money. What do you see? Do you feel scared? Good. Sometimes when we are the most uncomfortable is when we have to trust God the most. Now that's when we grow.
I've been stretching in this area recently. A constant change from floating with the clouds to sinking in the depths of the ocean floor. I know what it's like to have negative money. During my freshman year of college, I saved every penny (in a jar). I worked over thirty hours, while commuting an hour and a half to work. Then there was school and rent to pay. Money was always on my mind. But, I was okay with living with very little. It made my life simple. Would I trust God if I had even less? The University of Oregon charged me for a term of school that I didn't attend. I was going to Lane Community College and the University of Oregon forgot to notify me that I was still signed up for classes. I took full responsibility for not dropping the classes. However, UO didn't send me through their collections department. It is illegal to not send a student through collections. But I didn't know that until much later.
There I was. A naive freshman. Without a dollar to spare, and I owed the university money. That's when I cried. Cried out to God to provide. To work a miracle. I pictured someone walking up and handing me the exact amount of money I needed. God had a different idea. Through a long process and over six months of talking to people from all departments, my debt was cleared. Now, that's a miracle!
Sometimes I worry about money. More often than I should. Over and over again God provides in His timing.
This trip to London is a perfect reminder of how He watches over finances. I started the journey to Europe with a calling from God and no money. I paid extra to reschedule plane flights (I got the dates wrong). Money I didn't have to spare. A month and a half before I leave and I was down over $2,500 dollars. (Sound like a familiar amount?) After extra hours at work, donations, loans and scholarships, I will have more than enough to pay for my trip. Some left for food as well!
God is good. Seriously. We are human and forget, but we should never stop believing His promises.