It was an already hot early summer morning and our 14 year old grandson was helping my husband Don by weed eating our vineyard. Instead of hiring it out, Don told Jas he could earn the money for his basketball camp. Jas was new to this endeavor but did a great job until mid-afternoon… when the machine stopped running. Not wanting to feel inadequate (helping his Opa was a new venture) he tried and tried to restart the languid machine pulling the started rope as shown all to no avail.
Finally, he brought a broken machine to Don. He had pulled the starter cord to the end of the housing and there it lay long and limp. Evidently, instead of realizing the tool had run out of gas… the efforts of trying to restart broke the retraction mechanism in the machine. Don who is mechanically inclined spent a good 45 minutes taking the thing apart, but the actual housing of the retraction mechanism was factory sealed requiring special tools to access – therefore, no luck.
Saturday we bought a new unit… and Don told Jas, yes he could come again… On their way to our house after the Sunday morning message, Jas and Marie, his mom, were talking. He felt really bad that the weed eater was broken; he planned on paying back the $200+ for the new unit. Marie agreed. But, mentioned that they should lift this to Jesus in prayer and see if He would intervene.
Working in clearing the vineyard of weeds was completed. A daunting job, but undertaken with determination that is bred within a soul that wants to do the job right and prove that it isn’t too much for a 14 year old. It wasn’t until late in the afternoon that Don grabbed the broken unit to take it to the trash, when in that action the cord just rewound! -It now worked perfectly! He did not know about Jas’s conversation or their prayer… until he talked with Marie and opened the subject with “We had Devine Intervention today!” She responded with a chuckle that she wasn’t surprised. The Lord had been stepping in to help them in so many ways… Isn’t it amazing how God works… even in the little things?
Why is it that we so often struggle? Why is it that we forget to lift things to our heavenly Father in prayer? In this case, Jas at 14 sent his prayer to the Lord. His mom, now a single mother with three young children, was always short of funds thus helping his Opa with the vineyard offered opportunities for money for basketball camp, athletic equipment and even provided funds for nicer school clothes. Especially important when becoming a high school freshman where the second hand store “chic” sets kids apart in a not so special way.
Trusting the Lord- became the mantra for our daughter after the Lord pulled her out of an abusive seventeen year marital relationship. (Philipians4:6 -Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.) Always believing that He was with her… and then finally making the break…
Trusting the Lord has always been rooted in the core of my being. But, as life would have it trust ebbs and flows with need. When we can solve the problems ourselves, when we are “masters” of our life… trust is still there. But, it is when there is no safety net under our feet or there is no clear and logical way and a MIRACLE is needed trust turns into Faith.
Yes, faith. Faith, in the Creator of the universe, the One Holy, Powerful and Majestic God. Our Father, who sent His Son Jesus to walk this earth, to give His life as a ransom for our sins… to redeem us for all eternity. It is this same God, who hears our prayers (especially those of children) and always answers. – The answers may not always be what we seek… but, He is faithful to answer. (Proverbs 3:6 in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.)
When has God reached out to you in answer to a spoken or verbalized prayer? Or, to that prayer that just screams from your soul in a moment of anguish? It is important to remember how God interacts with His children. How he communicates with us. It builds our faith in Him when we “see” that this or that happened in response to prayer. After all, what is prayer but talking to God. Sometimes I think the word is over rated… and becomes cliché. “I’ll pray for you” How many folks say that… and don’t. I know I have been guilty. Have you?
In this case, Jas who really didn’t have the money to “repay” his Opa for the broken weed eater with his innocent heart asked for help. The Lord kindly answered his prayer, his request for a miracle by providing a healing of the tool. (Believe me… it was dead.) In this simple (for Him) act glory was brought to His name and a stronger belief in the Father’s faithfulness into a young man’s heart. It made the lighthearted statement “divine Intervention” used in a jesting manner… become REAL. An amazed Opa later related the story of prayer and its victory over a broken tool. He had witnessed something he thought was impossible… the tool was beyond repair.
Then here today I share the miracle of the weed eater… with you. If I had not journal’d this interaction of the Lord in the lives of my family, I would not have the details to share with you. So, let me encourage you to do as my original Christian business mentor asked me to do; “Maria, when you pray wright down your requests, then note the answers.” That was the best advice I have ever received. My journals, which note God’s hand on and in my life, continue to renew and grow my faith in Him. Your journal will do that for you.
May God richly bless you today and always… in His name…