The following true story, written by Jessica Wittmer, appeared in Guide Magazine (6/2/2012 isue, pp. 3-5) which my daughter has received very recently.
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Here’s the story . . .
Sarah and her family decided to trust God to provide for their needs.
Sarah was worried. Dad wasn’t getting any sales in his job, and the family was almost out of food. Mom was doing her best to make the food last.
Sarah was helping Mom in their little kitchen when she noticed that there was only one box of macaroni and cheese in the cupboard. That was barely enough for one more meal! And there was not one thing in the refrigerator
Sarah blurted out, “Is this all the food we have?” Her eyes were wide as saucers.
“Yes, Sarah,” Mom said as she cleaned up from lunch.
Sarah tucked her blond hair behind her ear. “Oh, no, what are we going to do?”
“We don’t have to worry Sarah. God will provide.” Mom said.
But Sarah was worried. She thought and thought. What could she do? Then she remembered some things she had read in the old set of Uncle Arthur’s Bedtime Stories and in the Bible.
Sarah looked at Mom and said, “Let’s pray and ask God to help us. But first, could we please read a few stories about people who needed food and then God helped them?”
So Mom and Sarah read stories together as they sat on the old green couch.
They read about several families who needed food, prayed to God, and saw God answer their prayers.
One of the stories they read was “Bread from Heaven.” This story was about a family who had been through months of illness and unemployment, leaving them with no food. One day the oldest boy asked what was for supper. His mother said that God hadn’t sent it yet.
The children were horrified. Nothing to eat for supper! The youngest child suggested that they pray and ask Jesus to send food. So the family knelt down and prayed that God would at least send them some bread.
At the same time the family was praying, two women from their church were walking to visit the family when a bread truck went flying past them up the hill. The door of the truck swung open, and some loaves of bread fell out of the back. Since the truck didn’t stop, the two women picked up the bread and brought it with them on their visit. There was great joy in that little household when the women gave them the bread.
Mom and Sarah also read the story in the Bible about Elijah and how God provided food for him using ravens and then a widow.
Then Sarah and Mom knelt down, and Sarah prayed, “Dear Jesus, please send some food or money. I love You. Amen.”
As they finished prayed, they heard the rattle-rattle of the mail carrier’s keys down the hall of their apartment building. As soon as the mail carrier had finished delivering the mail, Sarah and Mom hurried down the hallway to check their mailbox.
“I just know that God sent us something!” Sarah cried.
“I hope so,” said Mom.
There in the mailbox was an envelope containing $60 in cash and a letter with no signature on it. The letter said:
God impressed me that you could use this money. So I am enclosing $60 for you to use as you need.
I want to encourage you to continue trusting God as you work for Him.
Sarah and Mom looked at each other in amazement. Big smiles were on their faces. Mom had a few tears in her eyes.
They went back to the apartment. As soon as they had shut and locked the door, Sarah and Mom knelt down to thank God for His wonderful goodness to them. They asked God to bless the person who had sent the money.
That evening when Dad came home and heard about prayers, the letter, and the money, he was very thankful too.
After setting aside money for tithe and offering, there was enough money to buy gas for Dad’s car and make a trip to town for groceries. The groceries lasted until Dad had made some sales.
The family’s faith was encouraged whenever they thought about how God had used and unknown person to fill the nearly empty cupboard.
I know this story is true, because Sarah is my mom. Is it any wonder that one of our family’s favorite Bible verses is Romans 8:28? “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God to them who are the called according to his purpose” (KJV).
Read here → God’s Promises for Supplying Our Needs
By Jessica Wittmer, Guide, 6/2/2012, pp. 3-5