Carlene’s Miracle

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GOD, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. —Psalm 23:1, The Message

Some years ago, after our daughter had just started graduate school, God revealed Himself to her in a remarkable way. Money was scarce, and I encouraged her to apply for financial aid. She did so reluctantly because she did not believe she would qualify.

One Thursday morning, she called to say she needed US$6,000 by the following Tuesday in order to register for the next semester. As parents who always relied on God to supply our needs, my husband and I took her need to God in prayer.

It was noticeable, however, that my husband was not perturbed by the thought that we had very little time to find the funds, nor did we have any idea where to find them.

The very next day, at around three o’clock in the afternoon, Carlene called to say she had some good news to share. She had been walking by the financial aid office on campus a few minutes earlier when the financial aid officer called out to her and said they had found something for her. She was told she had received a grant that would cover her expenses not only for the upcoming semester but also for the summer.

That Friday evening, our vespers was filled with expressions of gratitude and praise to God for His marvelous love in providing so generously for our daughter and, more than anything else, for making Himself real to her on her journey of faith.

Since that experience, our daughter has proven God’s faithfulness many times in her academic and personal endeavors, and I believe she is growing stronger spiritually because of what our awesome God has been doing for her. How does one’s faith increase? It is by constant exercise. I pray that Carlene’s faith will continue to grow and that she will always rely on God for direction in her life. All of us need to have our own experiences to build a relationship with God. What a joy it is to know that our heavenly Father takes a special interest in each one of His children! He provides for our every need. My sisters, when you are tempted to question whether God will come through for you in a difficult situation, remember the declaration recorded by the prophet, “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27, KJV).

Carol Joy Fider

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