Sunday, January 9, 2011

Answer to prayer #1 of 2011

This year we want to share some of the ways that God is working down here. Every month, almost every week, here we see God at work in wonderful ways. Sometimes, they are big and obvious, while other times, His work is subtle - almost unnoticeable, and sometimes in between. Sometimes they are answers to prayer, and at other times, they are, to us, a complete surprise.
This first one that we want to share is one of the small and subtle ones. I need to go to Cuzco for a cardiac check-up and a stress test. But for several reason, it was going to be difficult right at this time: finances, deadlines, very bad rainy high altitude dirt roads. To us, it seemed like, the time would have to be now - shortly we will be involved in classes, radio programs, promoting the new Bible Institutes. But, there were those obstacles - so what should we do? Well, we prayed for guidance and wisdom and it seemed like God was saying to hold off a couple of weeks - the roads will be better, maybe more money will come in, the travel and hotel costs will go down closer to the end of the end of the month, but still we felt confused and had decided to by the tickets and go, trusting that God would provide for the short-fall. I know that seems presumptuous, but we thought that we were being wise. I was going to go buy the tickets Thursday morning, so that we could leave Thursday night. However, Wednesday night Tammy developed a bad stomach and would not be able to take a 10 hour bus trip, we thought that I might leave Friday morning and make a Saturday appointment, but then Thursday night I developed the same bad stomach. Now some may be saying, well up there in the Andes you all ate something bad, but because of my diabetes I always get sick first, not Tammy and second; Travelers Stomach - as it is politely called - lasts 3-4 days. By Friday afternoon Tammy was fine and by Saturday so was I.
Coincidence? I don't think so, we had prayed for clear guidance and we got it, just in the nick of time. Diarrhea may not seem like an answer to prayer, but it forced us to stay in Andahuaylas. And there is more, there is another missionary couple from the States up here and they have their own car. We found out that they go to Cuzco fairly often, and offered to us along when they went. Sometime soon, I will be able to ride over with them. A lot more comfortable, safer and cheaper. God is always ready to guide us and give us wisdom, if we will just ask Him.