It is with great joy that I record the answered prayer of last Saturday's serving opportunity.
I had invited several ladies to come and sew for the day. (We are making sanitary pads to send overseas.) One of the ladies is raising her 14-year-old grandson, due to the instability of his parents--both of whom are not even living in the state. The teen has had some serious struggles in his young life. I found out Saturday morning that J.T. would be coming with his grandmother for the day.
I spent Saturday morning cleaning the house and getting ready for company. When Ben awoke, I approached him about the opportunity of taking the teenager with him on his errands and out to the farm. Knowing that Ben wouldn't be enthusiastic about having a younger boy tag along, I tried to impress on him that thought that this 14-year-old boy would be stuck in the house with 6 grandmas all day sewing sanitary pads--and to think how he'd feel in the same situation! I told Ben that it was his choice, but it would mean so much to me if he would consider ministering to him.
Early Saturday morning, I made a quick trip to the grocery store to pick up toilet paper and pie shells--for the chicken pot pie. All the way there and back, I was reminded of an encounter I had with an Iranian substitute at school Friday--who is a Christian. Mrs. Kazerounian was telling me how she was learning to PRAY in faith, claiming the power of God in what she was asking of Him. So with that in mind, I decided to try to pray in faith that Ben would take J.T.
Praying in faith. I know this might sound strange, as I have been a Christian for nearly 40 years, but when I think of claiming scripture and praying in faith that God would do what I ask, I feel like "Who am I to demand God answer my prayer?" It feels proud and presumptuous.
But I decided to try, even though I was a bit nervous the whole time.
I started praying God would move in Ben's heart to take J.T. out for the day. I tried to think of scriptures I could claim. I told God that I had raised Ben with the knowledge of service and He promised that if we raise our children up in the way they should go, it will not depart from them. I told God I knew He had a very special place in His heart for widows and orphans, and that J.T. could be considered an orphan, since his parents had both failed him. And whatever was done to the least of these, my brethren, it was being done for God. And I knew that Ben taking J.T. out for the day was something that lined up with His will and would bring Him good pleasure, so to please work in Ben's heart to make it so.
Ben was gone running errands when all of the ladies arrived to sew around 10:00 am. But before the day was done, Ben came back home, took J.T. out to the farm, gave him some boots to wear, and took him riding on the 4-wheelers in the mud. J.T. came back all muddy and happy.
This mama's heart was filled with pride and joy. I feel like it is more important for Ben to take a younger man under his wing for the day than to make an A on a test.
And God answered my demanding prayer. Amen.
Image: by David Blaikie No Muddy Boots In The Pub https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3239/2350180402_de44fca70c_z.jpg?zz=1