A Prowler, Paper Bags & Answered Prayer
by Glenn A. Hascall
Kurt thought he knew that difficult times were ahead but said yes anyway. It was unusual to start college after marriage and the arrival of two children, but he felt God's leading to do just that.
At the beginning it was an adventure; managing school work and parenting. Then to add that ugly word, "finances" into the picture, Kurt began to strain under the burden.
They knew things were stetching thin when the family settled for a routine diet of pancakes at - breakfast and macaroni and cheese for the remaining meals. They were inexpensive, but never free.
On the day in question, Kurt's wife Paula wasn't feeling well and had gone to bed early. Kurt was reeling from the multiple roles he had to take on, students, father, husband - breadwinner. Oh, now there was a joke, why there wasn't even a loaf of bread in the house.
As an extreme weariness settled heavily on the Bible college student's shoulders, Kurt heard one of his daughters ask him to tuck them in for the night.
Kurt slowly followed his girls to their room and knelt by their bed, "What do you want to pray about?"he asked.
"I think we should pray that God would bring us food," one of the girls said thoughtfully.
A lump came to Kurt's throat because he knew that they truly were in need of food and yet there was no money.
As the prayer came to an end there was a noise outside their little apartment.
"Lord, I don't need this," Kurt thought as frustration gained control of his mind.
He rushed to the front door to see who was prowling around when his toe caught the edge of something. His hand instinctively grabbed for the door jam and he steadied himself as he looked to see what he nearly tripped over.
Tear began to well up in his eyes as Kurt counted fourteen bags of groceries.
He hadn't known that his daughters followed him to the door.
All was quiet for the space of a moment or two and then one of his daughters said in wide-eyed wonder, "God really does care about us."
Kurt's face broke into a huge grin as he grabbed his daughters up in his arms and they began dancing around the living room in the overpowering joy of answered prayer.
No, things haven't always been easy for Kurt and his little family, but whenever he is down Kurt will remember the day God's answer came through an unknown prowler and fourteen plain brown paper bags.