I Don’t Need 20 Bucks

27 Jul

I Don’t Need 20 Bucks

Prayer is a strange thing.
I wish I could say I understand it, but I don’t.
Despite our lack of understanding, we still pray.
I guess that’s what faith is all about.

I don’t know about you, but I live in a bubble.
Most of my days are insulated away from people who don’t know Christ.
I’ve been praying this would change.
Really praying.
Expectant praying.

You know what? God has been answering.

In just a few weeks we’ve been having crazy awesome experiences.

The other night my wife sent me to a house to buy a cabinet.
It’s not like me to go to some strangers house with a since of expectation that God is doing something, but I did. So did my wife.

The young couple invited me in and took me to the cabinet.
There was pain on their faces.
Even I could see they were in need.
I didn’t want the cabinet, and their faces dropped.
I’m ashamed to say it wasn’t until I was in my car that I realized I don’t need 20 bucks.

I headed back into their house.
“Excuse me, I know this may sound weird, but I want you to have this 20 bucks.”
I should have bought their cabinet to help insulate them from shame, but God knows.
Regardless, they seemed thankful.
“Can I be praying for you for anything,” I asked?
She said, “yes.”

Call me silly, but I think that encounter only happened because of prayer.

At least, I think because of prayer I actually realized the need.

People desperately need to hear the words of life.

I got back in my car and wept.

I prayed.

And I realized, I don’t need 20 bucks.

What is it you are expectantly praying for?


4 Responses to “I Don’t Need 20 Bucks”

  1. Paul V. Schmoll July 28, 2013 at 5:30 #

    Tom, you are getting it right. If you believe God supplies your needs, and you look at how He does it, you will find He often uses others to do it. Sometimes they are willing partners in God’s work, and sometime not. However, if you are like me, and I think you are, I want to be God’s “willing” partner in meeting the needs of those who are in need, especially spiritual need. But, sometimes God uses the meeting of physical needs to help people meet spiritual needs, and we want to be a part of that as well. In the scheme of things, twenty dollars, or even a thousand, is nothing when a soul is concerned.

  2. Greg Dueker July 30, 2013 at 5:30 #

    Great reminder that God has not put us here to be consumers but rather to participate in His kingdom…agents of reconciliation and dispensers of God’s prodigal love and amazing grace!

    • tommuellerbooks July 30, 2013 at 5:30 #

      Well said. I like that, “agents of reconciliation.” Makes me think I’m a spy. From here on out I’m agent Mueller and you’re agent Dueker.😄

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