How God Provides for my Family by Caleb Cheong
It was a sultry Friday afternoon at the basement of a block of flats in Woodlands, Singapore. I was reflecting on how life had been despite the loss of a well-liked job recently. Overall, life had been reasonably satisfactory, and every need had been met through past savings. But, there was this bugging feeling that how this provision was going to be sustained. Well-meaning friends preached to me that ‘God helps those who help themselves.” Others even lectured me on a popular adage ‘there is no such thing as a free lunch’, compounded by “ no one owes you a living.
Suddenly, the cacophony of these inner voices was drowned out by the ringing of my mobile. It seemed like a rude interruption to my internal dialogue when I answered the call.
“ Hi! Is that Caleb? I’m Anna. Dave’s mentioned that you’re free to teach as a supply English teacher, right?”
“ That’s right! “ I paused for split second as the news sounded too good to be true. “ When do you expect me to start?”
“1st April, this coming Monday, how about that?” Surely, this couldn’t be an April Fool Day for me, I was amused and even slightly bemused by all the excitement.
“Yes, that’s fine for me. I’ll take up the assignment. ” I floated out of a reverie and back to the real world.
I had remembered stating that this was a crisis that I must come to grips with. There must be an important lesson to learn that I did not want to miss it again. Previously, I quit a teaching post prematurely. But, this particular time, I want The Lord to guide me, and I am still following Him. I have determined to view life circumstances as being engineered by Him as “the step of a good man is ordered by the Lord.” (Psalm 37:23)
For the past weeks, I had been participating in a parenting skills course organized by my church. To acquire some tips to touch base with my two teen-age daughters and hone the skills essential to a father was my ultimate concern. Networking for a job was farthest from my mind. Providentially, my regular group discussion partners turned out to be Dave and his wife Sally. During the discussions, we were so engrossed with the topics which bombarded us that we hardly interacted deeply with each other. It must be God’s provision that the question of our vocation popped out of the conversation at the end of the course. He explained that he was a Math teacher in a neighborhood secondary school, and declared to me that the school was sourcing for an adjunct English teacher to coach the weakest students. Dave affirmed me that I was the person they had been looking for as the previous substitute teacher was not a trained English teacher and he had given up ‘baby-sitting’ the students. I had not revealed to anybody about my plight, yet our God provides for my financial need through Dave. Jehovah-Jireh-The Lord -Will Provide (Genesis 22:14).
It’s no wonder that Jesus reminds us that our “Father knows the things that you have need of before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8) Peter penned these words: “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). What an apt reminder that in times of hardships, difficulties, and anxieties we have Someone who cares deeply for us. We can turn confidently to Him in our time of need for God will surely provides
God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me – Don Moen
There is no need to fear, our God who provides is always near.
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Thank you for sharing your story with us, Caleb!