4 years ago the well went dry at our home in Canada. We did not have the money to drill a new one, so I rigged up a line and a pump from the kids inflatable pool, and we started purchasing water . This was less then ideal, but it kept us for 5 months, all the time waiting for the water to come back but it never did. As winter approached , the lines started freezing, and the situation was getting more desperate. Finally we could not take it any longer, we were at our end.
We know a man from our church that has a gift of healing . He even travels around conducting healing services . So we went to him and asked him to come and pray over our well. You have to understand that social graces may not be his strong suit, but there is no denying his faith. He came out to our home that afternoon, and we all went out to the well. He looked down into the empty well, then looked up at us and with a mater of fact crusty voice said ."If you haven't got faith for this, go inside , I don't want you around..." We stayed and he prayed. after a few minutes he looked up again and said " There , I'm going home.. tomorrow you will have water ". The next day, I turned on the switch, and for the first time in 5 months, we had water. Not only that , the water continued to rise every day by about a foot, until the pump platform at the top got flooded out and I had to get a submersible pump. The water did not stop rising until it had filled the whole well casing to the point that it was higher level then the surrounding ground... EXCEEDINGLY AND ABUNDANTLY MORE THEN WE COULD ASK OR IMAGINE .
That experience has served as a great reminder and motivator for us when things appear to be difficult, or impossible. It has become our way of keeping each other in check when we start to loose the faith, we just look up with a gruff look and say " If you haven't got the faith for this ..Get out "
Last week I was trying to make plans for all the Christmas events, and at the same time I was looking at the pie totals and wondering how they would ever come together.. I looked over at Julie with a bit of a defeatist look and said ... " I don't think we are going to make it, I was so sure that this is what God wanted us to do... .." and of course her response was "WELL DEAR , IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE FAITH FOR THIS , GET OUT OF THE HOUSE !"...
If you were watching the totals , you would have seen that the challenge really started to pick up steam over the weekend, but then stalled out.. I must say we did great.. we exceeded last years totals by about $3000... But we came up about $7000 short of our target.. that was until Midnight when God stepped in and exceedingly and abundantly more then we could ask or imagine, ALL the pies were covered ..... That's right .. we hit the $20 000 target, .. everyone is getting pied ... But the greatest thing of all, thousands of kids seniors , disabled, they will all know that they are special that they are worth it, and will have a day to remember , and on top of that, they will be receiving soooo necessary vitamins. you would think by now I would stop doubting .
Thank you to every one that shared in this burden.. who stepped out and offered up their mugs to encouraging other .. to the hundreds of people who gave, and to the crusty old man that taught us a thing or two about faith.
Now as a special celebration bonus.. here is a young friend or ours who raised $500 so that the brother he has been waiting for for almost 4 years will know he has not been forgotten.