I knew that sweet maple syrupy smell and knew that that smell should not be coming out from underneath the hood of my car. I opened the hood and knew the diagnosis was grim when I saw the neon green liquid splattered all around my radiator. I was pretty sure my radiator was shot … kaput … dead. So as I stood there staring at the situation, I prayed, “Okay Lord, let’s see how You will provide this time.” I have learned over the past couple of years to not worry, be discouraged or fly off the handle when life throws you a curve ball. I remembered how the Lord had provided for me in the past and was sure He would this time too. This situation didn’t surprise Him and it gave Him the opportunity to show His faithfulness yet again to me.
The next morning, one of the maintenance men here at the ministry confirmed my diagnosis on my car. Just as I was about to ask him where a good place to get it fixed was, another one of our maintenance men came sauntering over. He curiously asked, “So what’s the problem here?” We explained to him the problem. Then to my utter amazement he volunteered his services to repair my car. If I got the part, he would have it ready to go in an hour or two. I was able to find the new radiator here in town for my car and he got to work. He had it done before I had to go to my second job at 3:00 pm! The Lord had done it again, He provided. He answered my dilemma at very little cost to me and I wasn’t even a day without my car!
When I watched the video at church and heard the speaker talk, I knew that the Lord was telling me to go. I had never been on a missions trip before, let alone one out of the country. But today was the day that the down payment was due and if it wasn’t paid I couldn’t go. At the time, I was a poor college student working part time with no extra money to even pay $150 that was due to confirm my spot on the team.
So, I said to the Lord, I guess I’m not supposed to go, I really wanted to, but if I can’t even pay this small amount of the $1,600 that it would take pay for the trip how is this trip even possible? I was disappointed, but then the phone rang. As I listened to the missions trip leader, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. She told me that someone had anonymously donated the $150 that I needed! The Lord had come through, I was going to Honduras! What was even more amazing was that by the time the missions trip came around I had more money than was needed for myself so then I was able to help someone else go.
I love looking back and remembering God in these stories and how God provided for me. What a gift it is to have the ability to look back and remember. Our stories are important, they tell of God and how He has worked and is working in our lives.
When I started looking up just the word “Remember” in the Bible I was amazed at how many times it is mentioned. “Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me,” – Isaiah 46:9; “Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth” – 1 Chronicles 16:12; “ I will remember the works of the Lord; surely I will remember Your wonders of old.” – Psalm 77:11. Even Jesus told his disciples at the last supper “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
When look at all these verses and the many others, I was made aware that remembering is something very important to do in our daily lives. “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” – Isaiah 26:3. Not only does remembering keep our minds and thoughts on Him, it builds our faith. As we tell these stories of God in our lives to others, it will build their faith as well.
So remember all that God has done for you, remember how He was there for you. Look back and remember and praise Him for all He has done and all He will do in your life! What is your story? Where have you seen God working, providing or being faithful? I challenge you to look back today and remember God’s stories and share them with others.
Seeking Him with You,