God Packages

“Bear one another’s
burdens…”
  Galatians 6:2

 

I heard a story of a ship that
was sinking in the middle of a storm, and the captain called out to the crew and
said, “Does anyone here know how to pray?” One man stepped forward and
said, “Yes sir, I know how to pray.” The captain said, “Wonderful, you
pray while the rest of us put on the life jackets—we’re one
short
.”

 

One short” . . . many
of us may feel that way some days.  But no matter if the boat of life seems to
be sinking, it is always comforting to know that other people are praying for
us. Sometimes, too, our prayer support may be the one thing that keeps someone
else aloat. We are here to help one another. We are here to uphold one another
in prayer, knowing that they are at the same time doing the same for us.

 

Dr. Helen Roseveare, missionary
to Zaire, once told the following story:

“A mother at our mission
station died shortly after giving birth to a premature baby. We tried to
improvise an incubator to keep the infant alive, but the only hot water bottle
we had was beyond repair. So we asked the children to pray for the baby and for
her sister. And one of the girls responded:

‘Dear God, please send a hot
water bottle today. Tomorrow will be too late! And please, dear Lord, send a
doll for her sister so she won’t feel so lonely.’ 

 

That afternoon a large
package arrived from England. The children watched eagerly as we opened it. Much
to their surprise, under some clothing was a hot water bottle! Immediately the
girl who had prayed so earnestly started to dig deeper, exclaiming, ‘If God sent
that, I’m sure He also sent a doll!’ And she was right! God knew in advance of
that child’s sincere requests, and 5 months earlier He had led a ladies’ group
to include both of those specific articles!”

 

We know that prayer keeps us
aware of God’s power and presence through God’s people. We know that He places
others along our way to help us.  We keep “digging deeper” and we realize God
provides somehow. We serve a God Who helps all of us carry on.