By Heather Rice
I remember feeling so heavy-hearted whenever I read my friend’s Facebook posts.
The heater in her car was unreliable at best, and she constantly called upon her “prayer warriors” to join her in praying for a warm car for her family. Most mornings she had to make the 5:00am trip to and from the pool for her son’s swim practice. Keep in mind, this was in the dead of winter, so most mornings were bitterly cold. As the weeks went by, her car began to have even more problems. Now, more than ever, she desperately needed our prayers.
I know without a doubt God loves when we lay our burdens at his feet– which is why I committed to praying for my friend’s heater to work every time she asked. As her struggle continued, however, I felt the Holy Spirit point me in a new direction. I knew in my heart there was more for me to give.
After discussing the situation with my husband, we decided to reach out to their family and see how we could meet their need. Our plan was to fix the things that needed repair, but in the end it didn’t make sense to invest money in such an old car. Instead, we chose to step out in faith by trading her car in and buying them another one.
I was afraid it would create an awkward situation since we didn’t know each other very well. She was someone I always looked forward to chatting with while our kids had swim practice, and I wasn’t sure if this would change our relationship. Something in my gut told me I needed to walk in obedience regardless of the outcome. Thankfully, we have become close friends, and it has never felt weird!
How many times have we asked God to meet a need we could easily meet ourselves? So often, I find myself asking God to help care for others, when in reality I could step in and bless them myself. I firmly believe God uses his people to do his work. We just have to be looking for the needs and be willing to serve without reservation.
I encourage you be bold! There is no greater joy than stepping out in faith and being the hands and feet of Jesus.
“I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ. And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ.” Philemon 1:6 NLT