Smarties from Heaven

Friday, May 9th  was Westpark School’s annual carnival. Every school family was asked to supply a dozen individually wrapped goodies and a cake. I had been planning to make monster cookies with Smarties. The problem was, I procrastinated until Friday morning, and I was out of Smarties. This wouldn’t be so much of a problem if I could still drive. I had to surrender my drivers’ license about two years ago because of my Parkinson’s disease.

When I finally stopped the whining in my heart and turned my brain back on, I realized that once again I forgot to pray. Prayer is the best medicine to apply to a whiny heart. I prayed that God would send someone to bring me Smarties. Less than an hour, Clarise Klassen called me. She had a pair of pants that needed to be hemmed. She bought them weeks ago, and just by coincidence, called me on Friday morning, just after I had prayed for God to send me someone to bring me Smarties. So I asked if she could come before three o’clock; and if she could pay me in Smarties. After she stopped laughing, I explained why I needed them and she said it was no problem.

So I was able to bake monster cookies, with Smarties, and I had enough time left to individually wrap them. Of course, the kids were in a hurry to get to the Carnival, and they left the cookies behind. I am sure everyone has heard some variation of the tale of the atheist circling a parking lot. He prays: “Oh God, if there is a God, find me a good parking spot and I’ll start going to church again, and I’ll tithe…” Just then a spot opens up right near the door, so he quickly says “Thanks anyway God, it’s OK, I found a spot on my own.

God has answered many of my prayers by putting a chain of events in motion. I call these answers to prayer “Divine Coincidences.” Terrie Todd has often spoken about prayers answered this way. There was the time that Terrie needed a coat, and she managed to ignore the “Beggars can’t be choosers” mantra that Mennonite children are taught when we ask for something specific. She told God that she would like a long black coat. Shortly thereafter, a friend gave her a long black coat.

Another time, Terrie was looking through her wardrobe, and she thought that she could wear more of what she had if she only had shoes that went well with her outfits. God obviously thought that Terrie also needed some writing and speaking material to go with her wardrobe, because that day He sent her three pairs of gently used shoes in her size and exactly the three colours she had thought about that morning. Since then, Terrie has used these experiences of God’s provision to encourage us when she has spoken to our congregation. She has also written an article about the shoe story, and it is awaiting publication.

The next time I told Derek that I needed a new coat; he told me I should pray for one. Well, I just didn’t have as much faith as Terrie, so I checked out the MCC store. The coats there were all too small. So I asked God if He could send me a coat in my size The next time I was visiting my sister in Steinbach, I asked if she would go with me to their MCC store to look for a coat. She said we could go if I wanted to, but that she had a coat that she wasn’t using. I tried it on, and it fit perfectly.

Candy for carnival cookies, coats, and shoes may seem like trivial requests to the God who created the universe, parted the Red Sea, and made the sun stand still for Joshua. Surely there are much more pressing concerns in Haiti and all of the other places where earthquakes and poverty are threatening thousands of lives. But our God is a very big God, who not only listens to your prayers at the same time He is listening to millions of His people who are also praying, He also loves each one of us, and He knows not only our names, He knows how many hairs are on each head, and He knows the desires of every heart.

I don’t know why I have been so blessed, when others with more pressing needs seem to be having their prayers unanswered. Likewise, I cannot explain why God would answer my prayer for Smarties, but not the many prayers I have prayed for Him to heal my Parkinson’s disease. I just know that I can not only trust Him to meet my physical needs, but He also provides extravagantly over and above what I ask or seek.

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  1. Anonymous
    January 13, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Dear Karen
    It’s great to hear of your growing faith and the way you trust God. He is faithful and ture. What an encouragement you are to me to continue to trust that nothing is impossible with God, those who trust in Him are blessed. You are blessed. He will never leave you or forsake you. You are loved… Marge Dyck

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