O Ye of Little Faith!
As you all know, I had a yard sale a few weeks back. This was a pretty significant event for me as I was counting on raising enough money to get my son re-enrolled in school. My finances have taken quite a hit with me being out of work for over two years, so you can imagine how much I was relying on this yard sale being a big hit. I had planned it as best I could and I started praying for favor and good weather two weeks prior to the actual event.
I took that Friday off of work so I could be at the yard sale with my husband. I had doubts about doing anything on a Friday as I thought everyone would be working and Saturday would be the big day! You can imagine my disappointment when I got up at 4:00 a.m. on Friday morning to rain. According to the weather, they were calling for rain just about all day. It wasn't pouring but raining just enough to cast a dark cloud over my optimism for a successful day. I was appreciative though that the place where we were having the yard sale had a canopy, so that was one blessing in all of this. I remember walking outside for the first time and saying under my breath as I looked upwards, "Really, God?" I felt like my prayers over the past two weeks must have fallen on deaf ears, but I pushed ahead with a good attitude and faith. I told my son, "Christopher, God is going to give us favor - you just wait and see!" I am not sure I really believed that as much as I said it just to put his mind at ease.
The day was proving to be anything but great. A person here and there would struggle in, purchase a small item and then press on. I was torn between crying and laughing. Part of me wanted to hold on to what I had prayed for in faith and the other part of me wanted to just cry ... plain and simple.
Well, lo and behold, around 2:00 or so God indeed showed up. One elderly lady came by and spent $250.00 and from then on, it was like I had items everyone wanted. By 5:00 I had sold over $500 worth. The person who bought $250 worth had written me a check and shortly after she left, my son and I went to the bank to cash the check. You know how that goes ... when someone gives you a check these days, you wonder but when they give you a $250 check at a yard sale, well you are pretty sure something is up. I prayed all the way to the bank. As I was pulling out of the drive through window at the bank with my cash in hand, I was saying in my head, with a smile on my face, "God, you did it. I never in a million years would have thought today would end as this, but thank you". As I was saying this, I was sort of glancing towards the heavens. It was then that this imagery came to my mind. I could see this huge smile looking down at me, sort of shaking its head, and saying, "O ye of little faith! When will you learn to trust me?" Tears came into my eyes because I knew it was my heavenly Father smiling down on me and showing me yet again His awesomeness. We have not because we ask not ... not because He doesn't want to give it to us.
I regained my composure and shared this story with my son. He sort of smiled and said, "I know, mom!" I am sure it was a lesson that will stick with him in times ahead when his faith may waiver because God is not appearing as quickly as he needs ... or because God is not answering him in the way he wanted ... but God does answer. We just need to be looking, waiting, and watching ... His ways are not always our ways, but His ways are better than our ways!
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