(This is the second in a three-part series, “How God Answered My Prayer.” To read part one, click here.)
On Monday morning, my Group Workcamps crew arrived. They looked at the rundown garage and at each other and probably thought, no way. But they got right to work.
God had sent me two adults:
• Doug, a middle-aged farmer from a small town in Ohio.
God knew that my leaning, dilapidated garage needed a talented carpenter, so He brought Doug to shore up the crooked building and install a new roof and service door. Doug worked tirelessly and graced us with his soft, generous spirit and jovial sense of humor. I am so blessed that God sent him to me. The renovation would not have been possible without him.
• And Sue, a woman my same age, from Michigan.
God used Sue to lead the team, and me, in a daily time of devotion and prayer. A hardworking and energetic person, Sue kept the team focused on the Lord. She blessed us with her spiritual wisdom, and she blessed me by tackling the big tasks that I can’t do—like getting up on the garage roof and shoveling off the old shingles!
And God completed the team by sending along four bright, young spirits:
• Andrew, a high school sophomore from Illinois, the youngest and the only boy in the group.
Doug mentored Andrew all week long, and by the time the garage renovation was done, this young man had learned to shore and buttress an old building, replace rotting wood, shingle a roof and install a door! Andrew said that he wants to use what he’s learned to help in his own community. I was so blessed through his hard work, and I believe that God will use Andrew’s physical strength and newfound skills to help people in amazing ways.
• Hannah, the second youngest on the team, and from Wisconsin, a high school junior this fall.
I admire Hannah’s daring spirit. During one of our devotional times, she shared that she’s not afraid to try just about anything. She blessed me by digging right in and climbing to the tops of ladders to prime and paint the garage. I wonder how God will use Hannah’s audacious spirit to do His work. With her eyes firmly set on Him, there’s almost nothing that Hannah can’t do.
• Reaganne, heading into her senior year of high school, traveled the farthest from North Carolina.
God blessed Reaganne with a strong-centered faith and an abundance of enthusiasm. She owns the ability to see God in life’s little details and isn’t afraid to share her faith. Along with blessing me with her hard work, Reaganne opened my eyes to “God sightings” around me. God gave Reaganne the gift of spiritual wisdom, and I think He might someday use her to mentor and teach.
• And Sarah, from Michigan, the oldest of the teens.
Sarah is heading to college this fall—a big step in her life. God gave Sarah the gift of joy. There’s an old Christian song that says, “Brighten the corner where you are,” and Sarah does that. She brings light where she goes. She blessed me with her engaging giggle and sunny smile, and I believe that God will use Sarah to lend light to life’s dark spots. That can be a tough task, but she has the ability to do it well.
It’s no accident that God brought this group together to answer my prayer. I wish that you could meet them; and who knows, maybe one day you will. God allows unlikely paths to crisscross when He answers prayers and He just might send Doug, Sue, Andrew, Hannah, Reaganne or Sarah to help you some day . . .
and if He does, you will surely be blessed.
Next week, I’ll share with you what I learned from my Group Workcamps experience. Until then….keep looking forward with faith.
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