Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Who Did It?

Your family is having some tough times since your dad lost his job. It’s hard just paying the rent and buying groceries. When the overnight class trip to the state park is announced, you hear it with a sinking heart. The whole trip costs “only” $65, but you know it might as well be a million. You can’t ask your parents for it. You don’t want to see the embarrassment and hurt on their faces when they have to turn you down. Instead, you pray. “Lord, you know I’d love to go on this trip with my class. Could you show me a way? Please give me money for the trip.” You know that if God wants you to go, he can make a way.

Even so, when the answer comes, it astounds you. Your painting for the local art show wins first place, and someone offers to buy it—for $75! When your friends say, “Man, are you lucky!” you don’t just smile and agree. “It isn’t luck,” you say. “I prayed for money to go on the trip, and God did it for me.” You give God the credit. “Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’” (Psalm 126:2 TNIV) Pray for help, thank the Lord for his answers—and remember to tell others who made it happen!

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