Sometimes it takes something huge to drive home a simple truth you’ve known all your life. I have always heard that God is good. I’ve experienced it before, but there are days and experiences that really make that obvious. Today was one of those days.
In 10 days I will heading to Liberia with a team of 13 people to visit a missionary couple and help out however we can. The trip is not an expensive one, and my family and I have been praying intensely about raising the money. Most of the trip has been paid for, thanks to the generous donations of friends and family, but there was still a substantial amount left. However, when I called the church this afternoon to see what was left for us to pay, the answer was….nothing. A donor, who at this point remains anonymous, had paid what was left. I am still shocked.
That brought up a question in my mind. Why is it that I am surprised that God answered our prayer? After all, I prayed asking him to make the trip possible and had hoped it would be completely paid for by fundraising…but I didn’t really expect it to happen. I certainly didn’t expect one person to donate a big bulk of it.
This event has obviously been a blessing to my family in helping my trip move along, but it’s also made me reconsider my prayer life. I need to have more confidence in my God, who gives me the desires of my heart (Psalm 37:4), and I really need to be aware that He works in big ways.
So, whoever you are, thank you.