It was nearly Christmas. My kids were more interested in the TV ads than the TV shows. All those amazing toys!
There was one present I knew my oldest son, who must have been around 9 years old at the time, longed for. It was an electronic circuits set. It looked fantastic. I longed to be able to buy it for him, but we just weren’t spending that kind of money on each of our kids.
I remember one morning just saying to God, “Oh, God, I’d love to be able to get that set for Josh.” I didn’t think anything else of it, but went out to the local shops to do some grocery shopping.
There was one shop, a second-hand charity shop, that I often frequented. It was a great place for bargains. As I walked past that morning, I suddenly stopped, amazed.
There right outside the shop, among a pile of well-used items, was an electronic circuits set. A large one. It looked new! And it was a fraction of the price of those I’d seen advertised. I couldn’t believe it! I’d never seen anything like it in a charity shop before, and at such a cheap price.
Of course I bought it, and hurried home to check it all over. Every single piece was there, intact, unused. And most importantly, it all worked!
What a gift. I sat on my bed and cried. That God knew both my longing and my son’s. I was overwhelmed with God’s love and care.
Years later, and we still have the same set. It’s just come out again for another round of play.
Years later, and I am reminded of that verse, “You have not because you ask not.” James 4:2.
Sometimes it is just that simple. Pour out your longings to God. He loves to bless!
You can read some of my other stories and miracles here.