A few days ago as I was beginning my day I wondered how all the obligations could fit together.  I was working on paperwork in the morning, needed to deliver a Christmas


tree in the early afternoon and be back home by 4:30 to meet someone who wanted to purchase some old barn wood from me.  I said to God.  I cannot do all this in a timely way.  I need your help.

Within a few minutes of this prayer I was called, the tree delivery was moved up to right then.  Be at the State Farmer’s Market as soon as I could get there.  I thought, “What a prompt answer!”  Then, getting to downtown I ran into a traffic jam as the Christmas parade had just ended.  What should have been a trip of 20 minutes took closer to 2 hours!  But I decided not to doubt God’s answer and used that time to talk with my Father.

It took much longer to deliver the large 14 foot tree as we had to carry it up steps, put it in a stand and set it upright.  Again I wondered how God was going to work it all out.  By the time I was on my way home it was 3:17 and I figured I had plenty of time.  Then I saw a text message that said they would arrive early, at 3:30 instead of 4:30.  By this time I was clearly seeing the hand of God in all this and I was sure that I would see their arrival just at the right time.  Sure enough, just as I finished moving something out-of-the-way and uncovering the wood, at that exact moment they arrived.

And the people buying the wood were missionaries and we shared Christ for an hour.

What I learned anew from this is that only when we invite God into our problems and challenges with persevering faith in the face of circumstances which might cause us to doubt, will we witness the almighty Hand of God.

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