I discovered that I love to tell stories. Most of us do. Stories of God’s provision are some of my favorite.
Several years ago I had a leak in the pipes under my kitchen sink. The leak was after the pipe went into the wall (headed to the basement). I put off the repair for a long time – afraid it would be very expensive. But you can only stop using the kitchen sink for so long.
Finally I called a plumber. The person I wanted had run his own business, but wasn’t at this time. So I called the plumbing company he was working for and set up an appointment. I hadn’t asked for him, but knew it was a good company so anyone I got would be fine.
The morning of the appointment the plumber showed up and started asking questions. He went to the truck to get his tools. When he came back in he asked if I was a Christian – he had noticed the verse painted on my living room wall and some verses and inspirational sayings on my refrigerator. I said that I was. He asked if he could pray about the situation. Uh, yes!! Not knowing how far down the leak was he knew it could be costly. I asked what his name was – sure enough, God had sent the plumber I had hoped for (due to a recommendation from a mutual, trusted friend).
This plumber started praying. I have not often heard a prayer that exalted the Lord more. He praised God for his ability to work, the fact that God saved him, our mutual friend and the trust God allowed through that friendship. It was filled with statements about God. He also prayed for God to guide him as he worked on the repair. Best. Plumber. Ever.
I’m not typically a big fan of having contractors in my home, but I left for work so lighthearted that day. I didn’t know how long it would take or how expensive it would be, but I had such a tangible reminder that God was in control.
I’m happy to report the fun of the story doesn’t end there. I didn’t expect to hear from him for at least 2 hours. He was going to do what he could and finish another day if it was too long of a job. An hour after I got to work I received a phone call from the plumber. He was done. The repair was just after the pipe went into the wall so it didn’t take much to finish. The repair was less than $200. A very pleasant surprise.
God doesn’t always give us the low cost repair or simple fix to a problem. But the reminder of His hand being ever present makes other challenges easier to face. Not easy, mind you – but easier. God is so good.