Sunday, April 25, 2010

Faith's Journey to Hope, Part 2: God's Provision

“I'm praying for you my friend, but is there anything else I can do?” My question was filled with longing to minister to a need. I waited to hear how I could put action to my prayerful petitions.

“What time is your flight arriving?”

It was this response that echoed in my heart time after time. It was this answer that quenched anxiety and fueled faith. It was this reply that called me from complacency to courage and turned timidity into triumph. It was discovering that there are times when love trumps fear.

Longing to visit my friend, I began to pray for God to make a way. Many of you know that I am a white-knuckle airline traveler, yet I told the Lord I was willing to get on a plane if He asked it of me. Never had I felt such a pull to surrender all my inadequacies for the sake of another. Not only did I want to go visit Diane, I wanted to be Releasing the timing to the Lord was hard. Would He bring it about quickly? Surely He saw the need. Surely He would intervene. I would trust in Him.

Not long after I was sitting with a friend at Bible Study. She was excited as she shared about her upcoming trip to Florida. She and her husband were going to have a couple of weeks in the sunny South. They were leaving soon and driving down for a holiday. As I listened, a question formed in my mind and burst out of my mouth before I could contain it.

“You wouldn't want to drop me off in Virginia would you?”

Her immediate response: “Sure, no problem”.

As I was half joking with my question, I assumed she too was joking with her response. It seemed too easy.

Five days later I “happened” to see her again. Her first question to me was, “Did you really want to go to Virginia?”

Did I really want to go? Oh, I'd been praying for nothing else. Yes, I wanted to go!

Then, it was settled. She had already spoken with her husband and they would be happy to provide my transportation. My friend was thrilled to know that God was using them as an answer to my prayer. It would take us twelve hours to drive to Virginia and they were thinking of stopping there the first night anyway. They would 'throw me out' of the car at a designated destination and Diane could pick me up. Within minutes the plan was put in place.

I remember sending Diane a quick e-mail saying, “Friend...I hope you were serious...'cause I'm coming down!”

Within 24 hours I had rescheduled two weeks of appointments and agenda in order to take care of things while I was away. Every detail fell into place. My son received his driver's license and would have my car for transportation while I was gone. My husband was so supportive of this trip and encouraged me to go. I was able to arrange two weeks of Bible study in my absence and found a replacement for teaching Sunday School. Not one detour or roadblock appeared. Confirmation of God's hand on this timing.

I was as giddy as a young school girl. I had never taken a holiday by myself...ever! The adventure was about to begin!

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Marilyn in Mississippi said...

I think I sat here with my mouth open the whole time I was reading this today! :) What an awesome thing! I was wondering if you flew....knowing how you LOVE (not) to fly! ha You are quite the heroine in my book! I want to be like you when I grow up. Hmmm....wonder how that would happen being that I'm a LOT older than you! ha

Keep the episodes coming! I'm anxious to read them!

Love you friend! Mississippi

On Purpose said...

To read of God's provision always speeds my heart beat...its like experiencing His love for us all over again in a new and deep way...I am so enjoying this journey with you my friend...and your steps of obedience and faith along the way are on purpose...praising Him for all of this!

Lori said...

Yes, I do believe you must be brilliantly shining up there in Candada, my sweet friend. God's transforming work suits you beautifully.

Keep the episodes coming! This is such fun!! smile

And, another treat for me to "see" sweet Nichole above me this time!
My lucky day!

Hugs dear Joy! Lori

My Army Brats and Me said...

I love how everything falls into place. You are a wonderful prayer warrior:)

Lutiemom said...

WOW!!! I just talked to Diane and can't wait to read, "the rest of the story".

Leah @ Point Ministries said...

Ok, we need the rest of the story. Can't wait to hear about your visit to Virginia. Praying that God blessed and refreshed you.


~Grace and Peace said...

I can't wait to hear about the next installment, Joy. Isn't God amazing to find a way to get you where He wants you to go?

Kathy S. said...

Cool...waiting for more!
I have missed you JOY!!!

I love that you are telling your story!