God’s Perfect Timing
A True Story by Angie Brown
Colleen finished the letter she was writing, folded it and slipped it into an envelope. Nearby lay her purse. She reached into it and pulled out nine one-dollar bills. This was all the money she had earned in three weeks. She was only 14 years old and had taken a job at the lake, working for a young family with two children. Her job was to take care of the children and do some housework. For these responsibilities, her wages were three dollars a week, plus room and board. She was excited about this wonderful opportunity to earn a little money.
She counted the money again to make sure she had taken all of it from her purse. “I never had so much money in all my life,” she said to herself. “I could buy some new clothes for school, notebooks and maybe one of those erasers with the rough edges to erase ink.” For a few moments she felt very rich, but then she remembered what she was really planning to do with the money. Seven brothers and sisters at home were in need. She felt a burst of joy and satisfaction as she stuffed the money into the envelope with the letter and sealed it. Then, with a sense of accomplishment, she put the letter in the mail.
A few days later, and many miles away, Colleen’s mother, Dessy, was in her kitchen checking the cupboard. “If I had some flour and yeast, I could mix up some bread dough to bake,” she thought, “or a bone for soup; but payday is three days away.” “Tell me what to do, Lord” she prayed.
Then she walked out into the back yard and began taking the freshly dried laundry off the clothes line, still praying. After filling her arms with a load of clothes, she walked back into the kitchen and heard the sound of footsteps on the front porch. She laid the clothes down and walked to the front door, just as the mailman was leaving. “Oh,” she said to herself, taking the mail out of the box, “a letter from Colleen. I’m so glad she has this opportunity to work at the lake.” Colleen and the two older children were a big help to her at this particular time.
As she opened the letter to read it, a bunch of bills fluttered out. When she had read Colleen’s letter and counted the nine one-dollar bills, she exclaimed, “She…she has sent me all the wages she has earned!” Dessy’s cheeks were drenched with tears as she thanked God over and over for answered prayer. So, with money in hand, she left immediately for the grocery store.
Later, when Colleen’s employer learned that she had risked sending cash in a letter, she was concerned. “You know, you took a big chance sending the money that way”, she said. Colleen paused for a moment and then replied “Oh, I knew it would get there. It was needed at home.”
Isn’t that a beautiful example of how God answers prayer and provides for the needs of His own people? And just in time, too! His timing is perfect, isn’t it?
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