A young man once sat quietly in his dinning room looking at a table full of bills before him. On them were stamped many things, including "past due", "last notice", and "shutoff notice". It wasn't as if he refused to pay them. Deep, deep down in his heart he wanted to be able to pay them all, to write "paid in full" on all of them. But despite his best efforts he had nothing. No job, no income, nothing. Try as he might to get work, what little he could get was only temporary and provided just barely enough to put food on the table.
After finishing his daily bible study he gathered the bills together in a pile, placed his hands upon them, and prayed, "Jesus, you know my situation. You know I can't pay these bills as I have no power within myself to do so. Therefore I place these before you at your feet and plead with you, come to my rescue. Save me, Lord. I am in desperate need and I bring this great burden before you, and ask, dearest Savior, to free me, to loose me from the bonds of these debts. Only you can do this, Lord. Please, show your name mightily before all who see me each day. For I am Your witness, Your hands and feet who goes out into the world showing them that You love them. But how can I show them Your truth power and strength if you do not move greatly in my life? If I am left to wither and dry up like a leaf ripped from its branch, then how can they see Your true strength if they do not see it displayed in me!? Lord, make your name mighty before those around me by rescuing me from this prison of debt. Lord, save me from this trial of grievous degree. Show Yourself mighty and pluck me up from this pit of debt and set me on higher ground. And in honor of what you are about to do, I praise and thank You for all that you are about to do. In your name I pray, Lord Jesus, my Savior, Amen."
With that the young man got up from the table, gathered up the pile of bills and put them back in the little box in which all of his incoming bills were stored. Just then a knock came at his door. He opened it to find the landlord staring at him from the other side, a scowl on her face. She shoved an envelope into his chest, and said, "Don't be late again. It causes me too much unnecessary paperwork." She then turned and stormed away. The young man looked at her in confusion, uncertain what to make of what just happened. He then looked down at the letter in his hand and wondered what was in it. His name was scribbled on the front of the plain white envelope, but nothing else. He slowly opened the envelope and pulled out a letter inside. Unfolding it he began to read. Slowly his eyes began to grow wider as he did. Eventually his eyes fell upon one sentence that nearly made his heart stop in surprise.
"As of today, all present and past due rent is now paid in full and your account has been returned to good standing."
He blinked and read it again, not really in disbelief so much as just pure shock. But the part that resonated with him the most were the three simple little words, "Paid in Full". Just then a car pulled up in front of his house and a man stepped out with a stack of letters in his hand. The young man's heart dropped. The man walked up to him and asked the young man's name. "Yes, that's me," replied the young man. "Here, these are for you. The office would've mailed these to you, but our postage meter is broke. So they had me come by and deliver them in person." The young man gratefully took them from the older man and then closed the door. Curious to who they were from he looked at the return address and realized that each of them were from his creditors. He then began to wonder why someone would have all of these in their office, and who that someone was. Especially since they came from many, many places across the city, rather than just one.
Even so, he was now curious of what was in them. He was half expecting them to be yet more bills and threats of shutoff if he didn't pay. And yet, thoughts of what'd just happened with his apartment rent echoed in his mind. He pondered this for a moment before a smile crossed his face. He quickly grabbed a letter opener and split open the first letter. What he saw when he pulled out the contents were three of the most unbelievable words. "Paid In Full" He nearly dropped the stack of letters in shock! He then opened the next, and the next and the next, all of which said the exact same thing. The young man dropped to his knees right there and began to cry as he began repeatedly saying, "Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, Jesus!" He didn't know how the Lord had done it. But that didn't matter so much as the fact that He had done something, and a very miraculous thing at that. Just then a knock came at his door.
He got up, wiped the tears from his eyes and answered it. He was surprised to find a man standing there in coveralls with a gigantic smile on his face. "God told me you needed a job, and I just happen to be needing an employee. Think you're willing to become a carpenter?" asked the man in coveralls. The young man blinked in surprise. He wasn't expecting this. He would have been more than satisfied with just having his bills and debts paid off. But to be handed a job as well was beyond his wildest dreams or even his current train of thought. "Yes, sir, I'd be very honored to come work for you." "Alright then! We start work tomorrow at 6am. Here's my card. All you have to do is bring yourself. I'll give you the rest." The young man's face began to beam with joy! "I will, sir! I will!" He then began to dance across his tiny little apartment and praise God with every ounce of his being. The man in coveralls laughed. "You look like you're having church! Can I join you?" he said. "Absolutely!"