Years ago, when I wrote books as work-for-hire projects, I joked with my husband, “I got another contract. Wonder which appliance will break down now?” The comment wasn’t entirely in jest. Proceeds from book contracts did indeed replace most of our kitchen appliances.
Writers usually think of God’s provision as receiving a new contract. But the Lord provides in other ways too. One example happened to me with my computer a few days ago.
We discovered we needed a new Internet router about the same time my computer died. Using my tablet, I searched online for remedies for my sputtering desktop. Every source declared that I could say goodbye forever. I shopped for a replacement.
I decided on a model priced at $1,400. After interviewing me, the computer representative over chat told me I didn’t need such an elaborate machine. An $800 computer would suit my needs. On paper, at least, she saved me $600. I’m accustomed to being upsold, so being told I could spend less felt like a treat. I planned to go to the store after the Verizon technician installed the new router.
Roll ahead two hours. To my delight, my trusty desktop fired up better than ever after we upgraded our Internet. This happened before I wasted an evening buying a computer I thought I needed but did not. Even better, I didn’t discard the old computer and then install a new one without realizing the machine I already owned could still serve me well. What a waste that would have been. I felt like I had an extra $1,400, or at least $800, in my pocket. We are in First World Problem territory here, but I couldn’t help but feel the Lord’s provision.
Of course, no one can pay a utility bill and buy groceries with money saved on paper. We need wages and contracts. But how many times has the Lord worked in your life to save you cash so that a small contract is enough or a delay in payment isn’t a tragedy?
Does the old car keep running in spite of itself?
Is a needed item unexpectedly on sale?
Has a neighbor brought over a casserole just because?
Did you discover you owe less than anticipated for an item or service?
How about your health? If you can stay away from the doctor, your wallet will be thicker.
Earning money from writing is a challenge. With any lifestyle, preserving the funds you already have is an effective way toward joy and abundance. The Lord has us covered. Look, and you shall see.