The way God points is the way God provides. It's disheartening to see Christians claim a project is God's Will, start out, and then fail due to lack of provision. The proof of God's Will is found in the very blessing of his provision. This trip would match provision with untold gifts of hospitality!
As Mary and I prepared to leave rural Maine to follow what we believed was God's direction to Florida, I admit I worried about non-existent provision. I knew I heard God's direction, but I also knew he would have to act fast to get us there. So I prayed as I packed the five-by-eight trailer. A few people from our church arrived to help with boxes and to clean the house with brooms and mops.
The first surprise came as we finished cleaning and prepared to leave. The little rural church suddenly produced a bushy money tree with folded green and tied dollar bills. It amounted to $300. This provided the basic money for the trip down the Eastern Seaboard.
We loaded our five children, Monica, Brian, Emily, Joanna, and baby Meg into the station wagon, tugged the trailer up the hill from the sloping lake shore, and headed on our way. Yes, this was God's trip. He directed it, and he now provided for it.
We first drove to New Bedford, Massachusetts, late at night to visit Bob and Brenda, my brother and his darling wife. To lessen the load on the trailer, we traded our heavy twin mattresses for some light mats. They bedded us down for the night and fed us a scrumptious breakfast when morning came.
Through the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, I grew alarmed to find our station wagon radiator steaming as it chugged to pull the loaded trailer up long steep mountain grades. By driving slow and periodically stopping, I could keep the engine temperature somewhat under control, seriously wondering if we could drive all the way to Florida.
We arrived at our friends' house, John and Gail, northwest of New York City on the Hudson River. They hosted us that afternoon and over night. As we departed, Gail said they had saved some money and felt prompted to give us a gift. Mary and I were surprised and grateful.
The next day we drove the flats of Delaware to the Chesapeake Bay Tunnel and crossed to Virginia. The kids and I discovered Mary had a touch of claustrophobia as we drove down the tunnel under the Bay. It is designed to allow ships to pass over the long, underwater tunnel. We watched the blood in my wife's head empty down like a pitcher of water as we drove the steep incline under the Bay. She remained bravely strong and silent to deal with her feelings.
Through the green Virginia countryside near Norfolk, we hunted for a Christian friend, Lori, a Navy wife, whose husband was assigned to sea duty at the time. She kindly prepared dinner and beds for all of us. Next morning, she made a sandwich travel-lunch, and we launched our family on its way. Hospitality is a very special Christian gift.
Another Navy couple from our church, John and Denise, were stationed in Jacksonville. They welcomed us to Florida with great love and cheer, and they roasted a big, noon, turkey dinner for us. They too, handed us a gift the Lord placed on their hearts. We were expected at my grandfather's in Ocala, so we said goodbye to finish our day's travels.
When we arrived, we found my grandfather and his wife had prepared an evening meal for us, another big turkey dinner! Oh my, my....
"You've overdone it this time!" I quietly said to God trying to eat another portion of turkey dinner. But Grandpa was on to us.
"I never saw a big family eat so little turkey dinner," he chuckled as he discovered we 'd already eaten.
Grandpa Murray and Norma put us up for the night in comfortable rooms, and the next morning presented us with a generous gift. They also gave us an additional generous gift from an Aunt Sandra and Uncle Chick. As we left Ocala, we wondered if we should be staying in Central Florida.
When we arrived at our destination, Lighthouse Assembly of God in Pompano Beach, our funds had grown by the several gifts handed to us to an amount of $1500 to help us settle. God had generously provided our means all along the way.
“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Heb. 13:2 KJV).
(True story #20 in the series, 100 Million Miracles.)
"The way God points is the way God provides."
Wow, the truth in your opening line says it all. It could be a story unto itself. With no other words to explain, other than ones own thoughts.
I love each and every miracle God has given you and your family. They bring me such joy and hope.
He is and will always be in the miracle buisness. We just need to see more of them!
Good Bless - always . . . Debby