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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Surprised (09/06/07)

TITLE: A Dollar's Worth of Faith: a True Story
By Delores Baber


We were young and every nickel had to be budgeted if we wanted to pay our bills AND eat. I had just recently become a Christian, still a “Babe-in-Christ”.
Everyday I listened to this Gospel preacher and I was growing in my faith. That week he was making a special offer. He had written a 21 page Gospel tract called, “The End of the World”. And for a love gift of one dollar he would send me out 20 copies.
The problem: I didn’t have a dollar. And the offer was going to end on Friday.
I remembered the promise in the Bible that if you asked anything in Jesus name it would be granted. So I knelt and told the Lord about “the deal” and my problem. If He could somehow send me a dollar before the end of the week I could order the tracts and reach 20 people with the Gospel.
I couldn’t wait to see how the Lord would choose to send me the dollar, but I knew it was on the way. Every day that week I woke up with anticipation.
As the week drew to an end I reminded the Lord that my dollar hadn’t arrived yet. I figured as busy as God was it would be easy to forget. (I said I was just a Babe-in-Christ.) Today was the last day the mail would be delivered and my last day to send in my love offering. I rushed to the mailbox filled with anticipation. Nothing. The day came and went and no dollar arrived. I was confused. Had I misunderstood the promise? Was not my reason worthy? I knew something didn’t make sense, but I yielded the situation over to the Lord and told Him I knew there were going to be things I wouldn’t understand. But I knew He loved me. And what’s a dollar to God?
The enemy puts thoughts in my mind. “Yea, hath not God said that if you ask for something in Jesus name it will be given you? You asked in His name but you never got your dollar did you? You’re too small potatoes for God. Quit wasting His time. You think He’s going to stop running the Universe to get you a dollar? How selfish and small minded you are.”
It didn’t understand, but like Mary, I put this away in my heart hoping to make sense of it after I had grown in the Lord. It’s quite natural for a child to lack understanding. I knew that God knew my heart and I had peace.
The phone rang and when I picked up the receiver it was a young missionary student calling. She was in Bible College. She explained why she had called. “I bought a large number of books by Dr. Green (the evangelist I had wanted the tracts from).
I told her that it was wise of her because he was very sound and it would help her.
“Yes, I know it will, but in the box with all the books was another box. I opened it and it was full of tracts. I’m so busy with my courses that I don’t have time to hand out any tracts but I thought of you and wondered if you could use them?”
Just as I was about to thank her the Holy Spirit placed this thought in my mine, “Ask her what the name of the tract is.” Suddenly I felt I was on holy ground. “What’s on the front of the tract?”
“Oh, It says “The End of the World.”
I was so excited! I realized that the only reason I had asked for the dollar was so I could order the tracts. What I had wanted was the tracts. Now God had delivered them to me and it didn’t even cost me a stamp. Then the Holy Spirit placed this thought in my head, “Ask her how many there are.” My excitement level jumped up another notch, as I waited for her answer.
“Well, I would guess there must be about a thousand. ”
How awesome He is! So full of surprises. His ways are past finding out. I never thought that He would get the tracts to me without my letter and do so 50 fold over! He also gave me a great idea about how to give them out in one night, but that’s another story.

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Clyde Blakely09/15/07
Isn't God wonderful!

One thing I have learned in my 40-some years as a Christian is if there is something you really want that's not out of God's will and you don't get it, it's because God has something even better for you. Your story fits right in.

We serve an awesome God!

God bless and keep writing.
Jan Ackerson 09/16/07
What a great story!

Do your readers a favor--you'll get lots more reads this way--and add an extra "enter" at the end of each paragraph, creating a blank space. It'll make your story easier to read on a computer screen.

I loved this story of God's provision, and I'd really love to read the rest of the story.
Deborah Engle 09/18/07
This story shows us that God will honor our faith, even in what may seem inconsequential things. After all, what's a dollar? Quite a bit, sometimes!Inspiring!
Dee Yoder 09/18/07
Very cool! Now, how about the rest of the story? I'd love to know how you gave them all away in one night! God is the Master fo Surprise, and this story is proof of that! I really enjoyed reading this.
Celeste Duckworth09/24/07
I just was reminded by your story how I used to believe God simply without any hitches. Thank you also for reminding me that He has always always come through for me not always the way I think He should but better.
Great story and left me wanting to hear the other story, too!
LauraLee Shaw10/06/07
What a great story, and you told it so well. The ending was a surprise, and I can't WAIT to hear Part Two!