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Friday, 19 February 2016

LESSON OF THE WEEK: Just Believe


Isaiah 65:24 :- “Before they call, I will answer.”

[This is a testimony written by a doctor who worked in Africa as copied from Facebook.] 

One night I had worked hard to help a mother in the labor ward; but in spite of all we could do, she died, leaving us with a tiny, premature baby and a crying two-year-old daughter.



We would have difficulty keeping the baby alive; as we had no incubator (we had no electricity to run an incubator). We also had no special feeding facilities.
Although we lived on the equator, nights were often chilly with treacherous drafts. One student midwife went for the
box we had for such babies and the cotton wool that the baby would be wrapped in.

Another went to stoke up the fire and fill a hot water bottle. She came back shortly in distress to tell me that in filling the bottle, it had burst (rubber perishes easily in tropical climates). “And it is our last hot water bottle!” she exclaimed.

As in the West, it is no good crying over spilled milk, so in Central Africa it might be considered no good crying over burst water bottles. They do not grow on trees,
and there are no drugstores down forest pathways. “All right,” I said, “put the baby as near the fire as you safely can, and sleep between the baby and the door to
keep it free from drafts. Your job is to keep the baby warm.”

The following noon, as I did most days, I went to have prayers with any of the orphanage children who chose to
gather with me. I gave the youngsters various suggestions of things to pray about and told them about the tiny baby. I
explained our problem about keeping the baby warm enough, mentioning the hot water bottle, and that the baby could so easily die if it got chills. I also told them of the two-year-old sister, crying because her mother had died.

During prayer time, one ten -year-old girl, Ruth, prayed with the usual blunt conciseness of our African children. “Please, God” she prayed, “Send us a hot water bottle today. It'll be no good tomorrow, God, as the baby will be dead, so please send it this afternoon.”
While I gasped inwardly at the audacity of the prayer, she added, “And while You are about it, would You please send a dolly for the little girl so she'll know You really love her?”

As often with children's prayers, I was put on the spot. Could I honestly say “Amen?” I just did not believe that God could do this.
Oh, yes, I know that He can do everything; the Bible says so but there are limits, aren't there? The only way God could answer this particular prayer would be by sending me a parcel from the homeland.

I had been in Africa for almost four years at that time, and I had never, ever, received a parcel from home.
Anyway, if anyone did send me a parcel,
who would put in a hot water bottle? I lived on the equator!
Halfway through the afternoon, while I was teaching in the nurses' training school, a message was sent that there was a car at my front door. By the time I reached home, the car had gone, but there on the verandah was a large 22-pound parcel. I felt tears pricking my eyes. I could not open the parcel alone, so I sent for the orphanage children. Together we pulled off the string, carefully undoing each knot. We folded the paper, taking care not to tear it unduly.

Excitement was mounting. Some thirty or forty pairs of eyes were focused on the large cardboard box. From the top, I lifted out brightly-colored, knitted jerseys. Eyes sparkled as I gave them out. Then there were the knitted bandages for the leprosy patients, and the children looked a little bored.

Then came a box of mixed raisins and sultanas - that would make a batch of buns for the weekend.
Then, as I put my hand in again, I felt the.....could it really be? I grasped it and pulled it out. Yes, a brand new, rubber hot
water bottle. I cried. i had not asked God to send it; I had not truly believed that He could.

Ruth was in the front row of the children. She rushed forward, crying out, “If God has sent the bottle, He must have sent the dolly, too!” Rummaging down to the bottom of the box, she pulled out the small, beautifully-dressed dolly. Her eyes shone! She had never doubted! Looking up at me, she asked, “Can I go over with you and give this dolly to that little girl, so she'll
know that Jesus really loves her?”
“Of course,” I replied! That parcel had been on the way for five whole months, packed up by my former Sunday school class, whose leader had heard and obeyed God's prompting to send a hot water bottle, even to the equator.

And one of the girls had put in a dolly for an African child - five months before, in answer to the believing prayer of a
ten-year-old to bring it “that afternoon.”
“Before they call, I will answer.” (Isaiah 65:24)

Morals
God only needs our asking and believing. Your praying time is not a wasting time. Keep believing, keep holding on your answer it's on its way. 

Shalom!!!! 

8 comments:

  1. I grab this message with open heart.

    "Yes, a brand new, rubber hot
    water bottle. I cried. I had not asked God to send it; I had not truly believed that He could." this shall be my testimony too in Jesus' name. Amen.

    This season has been a teaching of "trust God without knowing" for me. It's hard but I believe it'll be worth it.

    Thanks for sharing, sweet Glo. You are a channel.Have a great weekend. *hugs*

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  2. Asking, hoping and believing he will do it. sofar we erase every form of doubt....

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  3. Very inspiring story...Thanks for sharing! God bless you Gloria. Enjoy your weekend dear!

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  4. Don't over look the prayers of a little child ..

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  5. word for the moment,this message really ministered to me,God hears us,he even know what we want before we call.

    awesome God he is,no one can take your place


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    1. you can say that again BMF...awesome God he is, no one can take His place!


      *smiles* Hello Pastor Gloria, happy Sunday! Have a blessed week ahead!

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  7. Interesting read. All things are possible to him that believeth

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