A Second-hand Story of Ripe Bananas:
The following is a very fun story of how God provided a large bunch of ripe bananas for my friend Brooke and her family.
Back in 2009 when Thomas and I had two small girls and were living strictly from paycheck to paycheck we had the joy of witnessing the Lord’s gracious provision in a way we will never forget and continue to share as an encouragement to others.
Having had two previous years of our mortgage company failing to put enough aside for our property taxes and then presenting us with a bill at the end of each year for something we thought we had already paid, we determined to release our mortgage company from the responsibility. We were certain we could do a much better job of setting aside the funds for the property taxes. Oh the plans of men… Life happened during that year and try as we could there was never any extra money to stow away. And we were living responsibly and on as little as possible.
Fast forward to our property tax bill arriving in the mail with over $1000 due by December 10 and another $1200 or so due the next April and us with a couple of dollars in the bank.
As December quickly approached a beautiful assurance rested in my soul. We had done our best to be faithful with what God had given us and though we had no way to pay, I just KNEW the Lord would provide. Thomas and I didn’t make any plans to make more money, we had no means, so we waited upon the hand of our Master.
December 10 came and went leaving behind over $350 in late fees and still we waited. What peace we had! It was baffling and surpassed all understanding.
Then, 16 days later, the day after Christmas we were driving home from dinner with some family when we got a call from RPPD, “Sir, there has been a traffic accident involving your residence.”
I knew immediately what had happened. We lived at the end of a street right before a sharp 90 degree turn. “Oh Thomas! Your truck…” I breathed. It had been parked in the driveway, I knew it had to be toast. We drove home imagining all sorts of scenes.
It was actually worse than I imagined. A drunk driver had come careening down our residential street at over 40 mph and had missed the turn instead crashing headlong into Thomas’s truck that had been parked in the driveway but which was now pushed up into our garage. There were fire trucks and police everywhere. I gasped when I saw the damage and chaos.
Slowly the shock worn off and we began taking care of business. Thomas unlocked the house and our garage was declared condemned, the drunk driver had already been taken to the hospital and police slowly began to leave. Then someone mentioned “insurance” and it was as if the Lord whispered to my soul that He had provided. I stood in my driveway and began to grin.
My husbands line of work happens to be building homes and he had so desperately wanted to re-side our 1960s stucco home. The insurance was settled pretty quickly and with Thomas doing the work the entire front (not just the damaged section) of our home was beautifully re-sided. But the best part was the rest of the money paid the entirety of our property taxes PLUS that annoying late fee!
How we love to share the story of Gods bizarre but obvious provision. For anyone concerned the drunk driver was fine physically and did some time for his decision to drive intoxicated. How good God is that it was our home and not another car that he hit! How wonderful that we weren’t home! How sweet the blessing of beautiful new siding for our home! And how glorious is Gods provision! He is so faithful not only to provide and care for His children but to keep his promises of peace and assurance. Now people look at me quizzically when I smile wide and say, “Let me tell you about God’s provision through a drunk driver!” To God be the glory!
By Brooke Kline
This is such a classic example of how God can and often does provide in the most unexpected ways! Take heart even when you cannot see any feasible way for your needs to be provided. God is bigger than all our circumstances. He is mighty to save. He will come to the rescue of all who put their trust in Him. As Moses told the Israelites just before the Lord parted the Red Sea, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today… The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:13-14).
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. ~Ephesians 3:20-21