It wasn't just the usual pizza treat. It was obviously not the usual because Dad wasn't around for he was out of the country again for another visa run. And of course it is something different because this time Zoe finally ate pizza and asked for another slice! Zoe would never eat anything with cheese until today and we're so proud that she was brave to decide it's time to break that habit!
Well, as said, it is not the usual family time because we had a special topic. "Isn't it a miracle?" Naomi almost shouted, with both palms open as if eagerly wanting for everyone on the table to agree. But before someone could move a muscle to say a word, she then went "Wow, I can't believe it happened just as we prayed!" Naomi, turning ten, is now oftentimes caught talking like an adult yet still embodies so much raw of energy and playfulness that show much of her personality than her age. But I can't blame her for being overly excited for it was indeed a miracle worthy to talk about! And that is why I'm sharing this ......
For two solid years, the whole family prayed for one big thing we need as a family. Something we cannot afford naturally. Dear husband had been trying to calculate how we could arrive having the sum to afford it but always failed because other urgent needs just never ceased coming. He kept waiting online for some good deal and had saved a picture of it, the specifics of what we thought is best for our need. But sometimes, we just have to be patient and wait a little longer.... So, we laid this need safe down on the Master's feet. We would make mention of it each time family gathers to make petitions together. It's been on top of the list until days came slowly when all excitement died down each time we thought of it. Children began to wonder why it's not happening yet. I tried not to figure it out in my head how it's going to happen for it was beyond what I knew was possible. But we never ceased praying as commanded......
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. (1 John 5:14-15, NIV)
Until one day, the phone rang. The familiar voice of a dear friend on the other line brought the good news. I was on cloud 9 but it didn't hit me much yet until I echoed the news. There was as if a fireworks that followed my announcements. Everyone who prayed deserved to rejoice. No one imagined it would be done this way. We can have the exact thing we have in the picture and need not buy it. "It is free!!!!" Zoe, feeling like a champion winning a battle in prayer, bragged about it to a friend who was with us on the table.
Our children walk with us in faith. They are always surprised as much as we do when supply comes. We don't pretend we can provide for all our needs. They can only look up to us as parents who never fail them because we serve and trust a Dependable Master. And with this recent one, they have seen again the Faithful Hand bringing in what is needed. For sure, there will be more table talks on this topic and more pizza for Zoe!
I'm just wondering how come we say "It's a miracle!" when in fact we already know everything is possible with Him ? We know Him as a Miracle-Worker, the God over all impossibilities and yet we are are always found in amazement at His work. Don't you think He is more glorified when He sees us awed when He meets us in an unexpected way? Truly He is a God of surprises and we can never stop marveling at His ways.
...."Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." (Ephesians 3:20-21,NIV)
Gift#20: The joy and delight in seeing God's marvelous ways in meeting our needs.
"Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see." C.S. Lewis
Photo by: RSM 5-18-09