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When God hands you a bicycle... make dinner.

March 24, 2008 - 10:49 PM

For the family budget we had 2 huge planned events happen this month: one, some major car repairs and two, lots of gas for 2 very (and very, very) long MN trips. All month long I had been working the budget and planning on finding ways to find or save money in other places (ie all the not-set-in-stone areas of which I primarily am in charge of) instead of using our savings. Along the way there have been blessings of wise planning, inexpensive meals, free bread makers and I even received a nice HyVee gift card from a friend whom I babysit for out of the blue a few weeks ago. All super, wonderful things!

This morning, doing reports and the budget, I realized this month had one week left and it wasn't looking as well as I had hoped, things were adding up more than I expected and welp, I was at a loss. Technically, I know, we have resources available but for some reason really I didn't want to go there, we want our budget to make it work, and I hung my head and prayed a rather hodge-podge prayer...

"God, it would be great if you could provide us another HyVee gift card... I haven't asked you for something crazy like this in a long time and I know you have provided for us in so many ways for us already, and I feel silly asking, but that would be really great right now."

I honestly felt silly praying it. I mean really, we have savings but, ugh, you just hate to spend your savings don't you? And it is technically for other things and heaven forbid you get in that habit of using it. And, HyVee? HyVee is great but wo/man are they expensive. And, I can think of a handful of other ways it could've worked out, but, wo/man, I am simply writing you my honest prayer, no matter how far fetched or selfish or ridiculous or whatever, you could say it was, that is what I prayed.

Sure enough, our day continued to pass, as they normally do (sans Joshua 10), teaching school and the normal grind, and by late afternoon I had forgotten my prayer and was onto reworking my menus and whatnot to try and make it work for one more week.

Then our doorbell rang.

It was our neighbor and she hands me a card and says, "This is a thank you for all the help you gave us a while ago..."

I give her the typical mid-western response of, "You didn't have to do that..." and we continue to chat about this, that and the other, she mentions she's making a dump run and would love to take my old doors, I say, "Great," etc.

I go inside, back to the kids and open the card. Enclosed is a HyVee gift card. And not just any sized one, but a huge, whopper of a gift card.


I finally remembered my prayer of the morning and began to cry as the kids and I all snuggled together and prayed, thanking God for answering my prayer, over and abundantly, pressed down, more than I could imagine.

Things I note to myself...

1.) The date on the receipt was 3/8.

2.) I normally am not in the habit of praying really specific prayers.

3.) Pre-planned? Maybe. I remember in this book reading about how prayers are sometimes like blue bicycles. A father got his son a blue bicycle for his birthday and the son didn't know about it but over time the father showed the son reasons or directions that led the son so that near his birthday he really wanted a blue bicycle, and wa-la, there it was, his father already had it for him. Not saying prayers are always like that but you could, could, say that here.

4.) An undeserved blessing? I hope one wouldn't say that, but the thought did cross my mind. I have done that before when given cash as gifts I have happily passed the cash into other hands more in need. But I really believe God wanted this for me this time all things considered.

5.) I can't wait to tell my neighbor. I am glad she is coming back to get my old doors because I am so excited to tell her how this, as crazy as it seems, was a specific answer to my<

Response to When God hands you a bicycle... make dinner.

  • Alicia said on March 25, 2008 - 10:00 AM

    That's a really cool story Dana! I like hearing stories of God providing in ways like this. It's encouraging to me. How great to know that the God of the universe cares about the little, everyday things in our lives! Let us know how it goes when you share with your neighbor about this being an answer to a specific prayer.

  • Aunt Barb said on March 25, 2008 - 11:48 AM

    Dana, your story brought me to tears. We "have not because we ask not" and too many times I just DON'T ask or am afraid to get too specific. It's a lack of trust on my part, that's for sure. Thanks for the reminder that we have a great God who cares about every detail in the lives of His children! I love you.

  • Holly said on March 26, 2008 - 3:46 PM

    Luke and I think that is the coolest story ever! Thank you for sharing that, and Praise God! I think we liked the part where you and the kids snuggled on the couch and thanked God. Yup... definitely the climax of the whole story! God will be praised!

  • Dana said on March 26, 2008 - 5:05 PM

    Thanks Ladies for your kind words! Well, I did get to see my neighbor again! I told her the story, as I told you, leaving it open for her to take from it what God would lead. She said she had planned to give it to me weeks ago and how she actually thought maybe she should've gotten it from Fareway. She was pretty blown away and was excited that it happened. I will continue to pray for her and her husband and thank God for using them! :)!

  • Kelsey (Jacobs) said on April 19, 2008 - 1:31 PM

    Dana-I just started becoming a blog reader and read this about a week and a half ago. We had to book an expensive trip to a wedding on Sunday, and I thought about this post. I thought to myself, "I should be like Dana and have enough faith to pray for a HyVee gift card." On Monday, we got a new cell phone plan with a new company. One of the "perks" they have is that they give out a $20 HyVee giftcard with all new plans. I didn't know that till I got there! Thanks for inspiring me to pray!

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