Friday, July 16, 2010

Help On the Way

He had mentioned a time or two in his letters that his Mom was sick. We became concerned and called World Vision to see if there was anything we could do to help.

Correspondence between some of the poorer countries is anything but the instantaneous process we have gotten used to, and it was quite some time before we heard back from them. Without giving us too many details, they said Pellumb's Mom had been ill but was doing better. However, there were medicines she needed that they were having a great deal of difficulty paying for. We told them we would take on that expense for as long as was necessary.

It was easy to make the transaction. A credit card number and we were good to go. But once again there was the delay of all the necessary paper work and limited access to swift communication. So while we were breathing a sigh of relief that they would get the help they needed, they had no way of knowing it was on the way.
It would be some time before that help actually reached them.

I was reminded of that as I thought about some of the things we've been praying about for so long. It sometimes seems that nothing is happening - that the Lord has either not heard my prayers or has decided to ignore them for now.

I have come to understand that is never true. He always hears. He always answers. There are times the answer is no. In those times, I simply trust that He knows what is best for me. However, there are also times when He is in the process of answering, and I am simply unaware.

I think of Daniel, praying desperately for his people who had been held in captivity for years. In Daniel 10 it tells us for three whole weeks he had been mourning and fasting. Then an angel appeared to him and said, "Don't be afraid Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kindgom of Persia blocked my way."

We have no idea what is going on in the heavenlies, but we may be sure of one thing. The Father hears our prayers, and He will never forsake us. He is never late. The answer will come right on time.



  1. your are so right.
    and that picture is priceless.

  2. Yes, He always hears and answers us and
    always in the time and way that is best
    for us. That is reason enough to trust.
    Love the picture. His smile says it all.

  3. Hubby and I are facing a situation that has been the cause of a bit of stress. We were talking about this truth just this morning. We have prayed about this situation and know that God has a plan, we just aren't sure what.

    It is so against my human nature to rest in the unknowns of His plans.

    You have no idea how much I needed to be reminded of this promise allowing it to resonate in my heart today!

    Thank You!

  4. What an incredible gift you've given that family, Linda! Through your generosity (and the help of modern technology :), that mom will never be the same. I can't wait to hear how the Lord works specifically in this situation!!

    ... and you're right-- He is never late, but always perfectly on time!

    Happy weekend to you, my friend!

  5. there is such truth in this. and i needed it. i love your posts, Linda. xo

  6. Linda, this really touched me.... it helps me to know that they do hear from us. We have a little boy in Indonesia and a girl in Uganda. How exciting for you to help his mom... so did you hear back? Is the picture what he received? I love details I guess you can tell.

    Plus your words about God's timing... and Him knowing. I need these right now.... going through a tough tough time and needing fear to not creep in. Today seems to be rough but trying to trust. Need to sit somewhere and just read, write in my thankful book (one thousand gifts) and read HIS word.

    I appreciate you so much.

    Much love,

  7. Linda, you are such a sweet and caring woman. It's good to know that she is doing better and through your generosity will be able to obtain her medication. And, thank you for the reminder that God always hears our prayers even if the answer isn't always "yes". Of course, we don't like to hear no but it's part of life and we must accept it, even if it's difficult.

    I remember several years ago (before I became a Christian), when a friend's son was in the hospital in very dire condition. For the first time in years, I decided to pray. This was not something that I ever did, nor did I go to church, read the Bible (I didn't own one anyway). I didn't even know why Jesus died, but I felt the need to pray to save this little boy's life. When the little boy died a couple of days later, I remember thinking that my prayer "didn't work" and I did not pray again for many years. I will never know why the Lord chose to bring this little boy home at only 10 years old, but now I feel so foolish for the way I used to think about prayer. As a Christian now, I understand that His ways are not my ways, but I do know that He is always there by me, and hears my voice.

    Hugs and sweet blessings to you!

  8. Love that
    so glad you could help
    great thoughts on prayer
    my 25 year old is still having difficulty with e concept
    he is so desperate for a good job
    he prays and prays and looses hope
    well I guess you can be 92 and have the same feeling (o:

  9. What a blessing your posts are, Linda! You inspire with your words and stories, expressed so beautifully.
    The picture is so sweet :)
    I loved reading about your morning glories too. They're a glorious color!
    So glad you had some precious family time. I found an e-mail from Andrew in my inbox this morning saying they're coming next weekend. What a joy to wake up to :)
    I would dearly love to show you my gardens in person. The daylilies are spectacular right now and the rest of the perennials make a great supporting cast. They apparently thrive on neglect. There's so much I don't get done, but they manage to look good in spite of that!
    Thanks for sharing your inspiring thoughts. They were perfect reading with my morning coffee. you always give me food for thought.