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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Acquiring a New Perspective On Financial Provision

Every so often, I make it a point to worry and whine to somebody about how Lyme disease has destroyed me financially. I gripe about the fact that my car is eighteen years old, that I had to sell my condo last year, and that I don't spend money on expensive recreation such as skiing in Colorado, like I used to (not that my body would respond that well to freezing temperatures and six hours of aerobic exercise now, anyway!).

One great thing about having lived in Costa Rica over the past year, however, is that it has started to give me a new perspective on financial prosperity and lately, my worry-whine meter has moved down into the yellow. Yeah, you can see starving children within the pages of a World Vision magazine and travel all you want to third-world nations, but it's not until you live among people who have a lower standard of living than you that you really start to get it.

You're filthy rich.

At least, I am but I haven't known it, and I'm still trying to grasp onto that fact, truth be told. Costa Rica is a wealthier nation than most of Central America, but it ain't THAT wealthy. Few Costa Ricans live alone, because most cannot afford to. (And it's not a part of their culture to live alone, anyway, to their credit). I have friends here--average folk who work ten hours a day--and who yet don't make enough money to eat much more than rice and beans every day, or go out on the weekends, unless they are invited.

So when I consider the fact that I have never had to skip a meal in my life; that I have always been able to eat pretty much whatever I want, within reason; that I can rent a place of my own that doesn't have a tin roof and mold growing on the walls, and that I have high-speed internet, this automatically puts me ahead of the majority of Costa Ricans.

And if this is a wealthy Latin American nation, then what do the others look like? How about we hop a continent over to Africa, or Asia?

Yes, I concede that one of the greatest benefits of living in Costa Rica is that it is helping me to see how fortunate I really am. Interestingly enough, though, my Christian friends here think themselves fortunate, too, because they know God will provide them with their daily bread and that's good enough for them. It's their faith that literally brings the fish flying to their tables.

Recently, a friend suggested to me that people depend more heavily upon God here than in the United States, and not because they necessarily want to, but because they have to. If they don't, they get to skip dinner. But because they do, their faith is deeper because they have learned to believe that they will be provided for, against all odds.

Okay, so if you read my last post about Rosalina, you might not call living in a shack provision, but maybe perspective counts, too.

Anyway, if you believe in a loving, sovereign god who provides in the best possible manner to all who ask Him in faith, then you know that you will be given all the resources that you need to live a life of prosperity. That includes being given the right treatments to fight Lyme disease, a roof over your head and food on your plate. You might not think it's enough to have these three things, but if you lived among people who defined provision in a different way than you do, your perspective on that could change, as mine did.

I know, perhaps at this stage you truly would be content with the basics. Perhaps, unlike Costa Ricans, you don't have family to live with and you're wondering how you will pay the mortgage next month or afford your next round of Lyme disease treatments.

I can tell you from experience that the bottom of the well is often further down than you think, and sometimes, dollars get stretched further than you ever believed possible. Especially when you believe God for provision.

Also, in my humble opinion, I don't think healing needs to be expensive. Does your god heal only the rich and those who have the financial resources to pay for a multitude of supplements and doctor visits? Personally, my god doesn't favor the rich, and my god provides a way to all who believe and trust in Him.

Or perhaps you don't believe in God or your motto is, "God helps those who help themselves." Maybe helping yourself makes more sense to you, but when life starts to feel out of control, why not try on the belief that there is a "higher someone" looking out for you? When you're dead you won't care if you were wrong, now will you?
Especially if you've got nothing left to lose right now. Just a thought.

And if you do happen to believe in a loving god who provides, then why not do the best you can with whatever resources you have and not worry about where you'll get the money for your next treatment? In the meantime, spend your dollars or pounds or pence for a cheap protocol like salt/C or MMS, and believe that somehow, you will be provided for if you need to add more pricey treatments to the mix. (I have known people to be healed from salt/C alone, by the way. They are small handful, mind you, but that is also the case for other Lyme strategies). And some are getting better with MMS, too.

A couple of years ago, I had no money left to pay my mortgage and for Lyme disease treatments. I had drained my 401K, taken all of the equity out of my condo, and my bank account was almost no longer. I prayed, and felt in my spirit God telling me, "Just jump, and believe that I will catch you."

So I pretty much closed my eyes and did just that, because I had no other choice. About a week later, the flight attendant union to which I had belonged, sent me a check for $4,000. It was the most generous donation I had ever received and it enabled me to get by for awhile, until the next miracle occurred.

While financial problems may be deepening the lines in your brow, praying for provision and believing God for it, or considering that you might just be able to get by with less than you think, can help to lessen your Lyme disease burden when all hope seems lost.

And if living in a shack seems like no idea of provision, remember, provision can be about perspective as much as the reality of having resources set before you. It is usually a combination of both, and though we don't really know what we need, if we ask in faith for our creator to provide, we can rest assured, knowing that the best will be given to us.


monkey girl said...

When I was 16 my father took my brother and I on an extended business trip though Asia. I'd never seen poverty like the poverty I saw in the outskirts of Manila in 1983. Seeing a families live inside a cardboard boxes will change your perspective. I often remind my husband how lucky we are, roof over our heads, food to eat, clothes to wear, etc...things are things...you can't take them with you when you die. If I can pass anything down to my kids, it's that we are fortunate and you need to give back.

Anonymous said...

Great post...I think the same perspective holds true not just for getting a new perspective on finances, but also health.

In the same way as finances - sure, you may be sick, but there are so many who are so much sicker. When I was at my lowest I used to picture soldiers coming home from the war with their arms and legs missing. This would make me instantly feel grateful for what I had. Of course I was not glad that soldiers were injured, just like you are not glad that 3rd world people are destitute. Instead it gives you perspective and appreciation and maybe even a desire to help those less fortunate.

Bryan R.

Connie Strasheim (aka Killabugger) said...

Hi Monkey Girl! Yeah, it's something else to see the poverty in countries like the Philippines, isn't it? It does change the way you see the world.

And I agree, why worry about what you own, since you can't take it to the grave! Good for you, too, for teaching your children to give back to the world! :)
Thanks for sharing., Connie

Connie Strasheim (aka Killabugger) said...

Hey Bryan,

Great insight that you have there. Yes, the same principle can be applied to health (even more importantly, perhaps).

That's a profound image you used when you were really sick--but what a creative way to give perspective to your circumstances.

Thanks for your stopping by!


Renee said...

This is a great post, Connie and one that I needed to hear as a reminder of how rich I am. I worry about the economy and how it has and will affect us, and about being able to pay for Lyme treatment when our insurance bales.
When I look down and get my nose stuck in my belly button I forget who is in charge...My focus needs to be on God as my provider.
We, too, saw poverty in a third world country when we lived in the Philippines from 1974-76. I used to watch the garbage men come to pick up our garbage, stop the truck, build a little fire, and then did through the American leftovers to heat up what they could find. Many mornings I would find children digging through the garbage can for food. We came away from there with a different perspective on life and what brings a person happiness...but sometimes I fall back into the American perspective on what I should have in life.
Thanks again, Connie...this is a great reminder of how much we truly have been given and how blessed we are to live in America. That has been hard to see lately!

Lisa said...

This is so good. May I add also that God not only provides but He redeems as well. He has shown me that He can redeem the time lost to whatever (times of loneliness, physical restoration, etc) as well as provide for my needs. He is such a GOOD God.

Often as I connect the backwards dots in my life I see God's hand at work preparing me for whatever trial I'm presently in. Looking back at His faithfullness helps me get through the present lyme "storm". :)

Be blessed. Thanks for the reminder of how rich we are.
{Psalm 145:7-9}

Connie Strasheim (aka Killabugger) said...


Thanks for your post. I'll bet that was an eye-opening experience to live in the Phillipines! Funny, you are the second one to mention the Phillipines (Monkey Girl did, too).

Whenever I get too entrenched in an article about the economy (the same happens with Lyme info.), I notice an anxiety creeping up on me. And then it's as if God starts to whisper, "Look at me, look at me, stop looking down..." So I relate to that "looking at your belly button" syndrome! ha ha

Glad you were blessed by the article. Take care, Connie

Connie Strasheim (aka Killabugger) said...

Hi Lisa,

I'm glad the post was a blessing to you! You are so right that God can redeem the time that we have lost-and anything else. A spiritual mentor often quotes the Scripture verse, "I (God) will restore the years that the locusts have eaten away." (I can't remember the books it is in). But what an encouragement!

May you be blessed, too!
Thanks for the Psalm. :)