I hardly know where to start when it comes to answered prayers and miracles. I feel like every day of this past year has included a miracle of some sort as we struggled with not knowing so many things. We have been blessed beyond measure this year. Yet there is one answered prayer that I will remember forever.
After months of unemployment, and months of no income our small savings account had dropped to one of the lowest points. To all appearances, that moment of not being able to pay the rent or our bills—what we had dreaded and by God’s provision managed to avoid for so long was just about inevitable. For months we’d applied for every job we could find and prayed and hoped…and for months, God had seen fit to teach us drastic lessons in trusting that He knows what He is doing.
It wasn’t that I doubted that He would continue to provide for our needs, it was just that I was so incredibly weary. Worn out, emotionally and mentally and feeling very much alone in the face of some sort of giant.
When an unexpected expense became necessary on top of that, it felt like the last straw and I ran to my little corner beside our bedroom window where I could see the birds, and opened my journal to read. I cried and lay my head down feeling more discouraged than I’ve felt for a long time. And I asked God to send me someone to encourage my heart, to remind me that He had a plan. Slowly, the anxiousness faded, and I felt ready to face my day again.
The next morning, I checked my email and found a letter from a virtual stranger saying that she had dreamed about a young woman who was distressed about finances and she recognized that face as mine. She prayed for me in that email:
Give her the strength to go on when it seems there are no answers in sight. When it seems like all is dark help her to continue to seek the light of your son with the knowledge that you will be there for her in every situation. Help her to encourage herself in you knowing that if you’ve kept her all of this time you’re not going to let her down now.
She prayed for the very thing I had needed, without knowing anything about my circumstances or the weight on my heart. I was humbled to my very core at the goodness of the God that we serve.
I don’t know how to explain to you what my heart felt at that moment that I read her words. I cried then, and as I reread her email today I am crying again. It was the encouragement I needed, the answer to my prayer. It lifted a burden from my heart and helped me to find new courage and perseverance.
So, if you are reading this Bernadine, thank you. For having courage to email a stranger out of the blue and being the answer to my prayer. I am grateful, to you and to our God.
What GreaThings are you thankful for today?