I know its cliche but I can't think of a better way to say it =) "Life is like a box of chocolates...you never know what you're gonna get." Right?
Serving Jesus is like that - and in all the mystery you know He wants to give you something delicious.
We experienced this lately. In our December newsletter we finally worked up the courage to ask our friends/family to consider giving toward a car. We said we would need to raise about $3,000 U.S. for a reliable used car, because that is about the going rate in Tonga (almost everything here is as expensive or more than what it costs in America, including food and cars because it all has to be imported.)
So we waited, excitedly, full of faith...and then the days and weeks went by and we were surprised that, out of 70 or so friends and family we sent letters to, not a single person gave a donation for the car. So we started thinking maybe it was presumptuous and wrong to have asked, after all its not a basic need. And of course the enemy tends to kick us when we're down, and make us feel like we don't even deserve a car. After all we were not even good stewards of our bicycle, (a thief came last month and stole the wheels right off our bike in the middle of the night!)
But then on Monday 'Osi said he wanted to visit a cousin in a far away village whom we had not seen all year. So he did, and turns out the cousin had a mechanic neighbor who was selling a car super cheap because he's in a rush to move back to New Zealand! He only wanted $250 U.S. for it, because the engine was shot, but the crazy thing is 'Osi's cousin happened to have the exact same make and model engine in one of his cars that had a beat up body!
So they swapped the engines out and we have a fantastic car now....and a great story to tell of God's goodness and compassion. God is so good friends, so generous.
Never give up praying, God loves to bless you and He is able....but often it comes in a way we don't expect. So that He will get the glory for it.
"'Its not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the Lord Almighty." Zechariah 4:6b