Some times the budget just doesn’t stretch far enough. It reaches to the weekly food bills, groans to accommodate insurance, gas, and whimpers to spit out enough for an occasional dinner out or haircut.
But I have discovered that one way God provides in leaner times is by allowing material things to last.
Take our car.
My jaw dropped when my husband drove home a brilliant blue F.J. Cruiser, ten years ago. It seemed way too extravagant a purchase. What was he thinking?
Fast forward a decade.
We are still cruising along in our Cruiser. It has faithfully taken us through freezing Illinois winters and steamy North Carolina summers. It sports the best blue paint job ever sprayed on a vehicle. People often ask if it’s new. (Well they did until I recently scraped the bumper on a brick garage corner).
Little do they know… that baby has 250,000 miles on it. Living proof God stretches shoe leather.
Yes, shoe leather.
Read how God stretched the life of the Israelites sandals as they wandered forty years in the desert. Amazing.
Deuteronomy 29: 5 “For forty years I led you through the wilderness, yet your clothes and sandals did not wear out.”
Have you experienced your possessions lasting a lot longer than they should have lasted? I’d love to hear your stories.