Monday, September 11, 2006

Prayer Answered!

Once again I stand in awe at God's amazing ability to answer prayer, and to fulfill the desires He has placed there. For many years, our family and my siblings especially have wanted to take on a second instrument. It has been my dad's dream for as long as I can remember to play and sing together as a family. We've all had piano lessons starting at a young age, but for some, this hasn't really been their area of interest. It's been more of a "have-to" sort of thing, while imaginations were running wild with the dozens of other available instruments.

I remember several times over the past five years visiting music stores, or perusing the ads in the newspaper looking for just the right instrument. A couple years ago we thought we had found a banjo for my brother, but the people weren't as negotiable on the price as we had hoped. Either the instrument has not been right, or the price too high. All have been put back on the display rack with a sigh, and a wistful hoping for "someday."

A couple weeks ago hopes and desires were rekindled in all of us after hearing the Wissman Family play at an event near us, and the house was literally abuzz with plans and dreams of how we could make this happen. Looking at it from our human perspective, it was an impossibility. A second instrument for seven of us! We were having a hard time even figuring out how to manage the badly needed upgrade for my guitar! In pouring out my frustrations to a friend that Sunday, she reminded me of how the Lord brought along my first guitar. That's a long story in itself, but suffice it to say it did not cost me a penny. That guitar was literally prayed in, and I was reminded again that we as a family just needed to bring these desires to the Lord, and trust Him for the fulfillment of them in His time.

That same afternoon that I was challenged to pray about it, I was playing my guitar, and my eyes were drawn to my violin sitting in the corner. I bought this upper model instrument about six years ago in anticipation of taking lessons, but our move to WI shortly after that left me without a teacher, and an expensive violin that just sat around collecting dust. I have tried numerous times in the past five years to sell it, but all attempts have been completely unsuccessfully. About a year ago after much money had been spent in advertising, I felt the Lord telling me to wait, and that He would provide a clear buyer in His own time. I was satisfied with that, and hardly even gave it a thought so completely was it in the Lord's hands.

That afternoon, as I looked, I remembered a instrument catalog that had just come in the mail a couple days before. There was an column on the front advertising the option to trade in your instrument. I had previously tried to sell my violin to them, but had never mentioned trading. I knew that he sold advanced model violins, and I started getting really, really excited when my family was all for the idea. In contacting New Creation Music the next day, he was not very promising as my instrument is American custom made and not in high demand, but he promised to do the best he could. Though he didn't give us much encouragement, we all felt the Lord was clearly directing, and just trusted that everything was going to work out.

That next Tuesday, Mr. Purdon called us back with an offer that left us reeling. Though he wasn't able to compensate all that I had spent on the violin initially, what he did buy it for covered all the costs of a new instrument for most of us. My brother got his long desired banjo, my sister a 1/2 size violin, another brother got a bass guitar, another sister a mandolin, and myself a new guitar, and just this last weekend, we got a hammered dulcimer for my mom from some good friends.

This all has been such a neat opportunity for my siblings (and myself! :-) to see the amazing ability God has to answer prayer. It's been an encouragement to place those dreams and desires of ours more fully into His hands, and trust that if it's truly a desire from Him, He will fulfill it in His time! It's also been a challenge to us to bring even those little things to Him. Today it was raining pretty steadily just as we were driving to an orchard to pick our year's apples, and we specifically prayed that God would stop the rain just long enough so we wouldn't get soaked. It was so exciting for all of us to see how He answered yet another prayer in a very clear, and amazing way! I believe God takes delight when His children trust Him enough to give Him the opportunity to prove Himself to be the faithful, loving, prayer answering God that He is!

'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take His at His word,
Just to rest upon His promise,
Just to know, "Thus saith the Lord."

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I've proved His o'er and o'er!
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more!


Cheri said...

Aw, Andrea! What a testimony of God's love and His faithfulness in answering your prayers! =) PTL! =)

Bethany said...

I'm so happy for ya'll! How exciting to hear testimonies of His faithfulness. God's blessings to you all as you continue to learn in this new venture! (And I look forward to maybe hearing you someday?! :D)

EditressBec said...

Isn't He wonderful?
This is Rebecca (faithful4ever from LJ). I was so happy tp "find" you again :).
In Him,

Andrea said...

Amen, Cheri! He is so faithful! I know I've said this before, but it's worth saying again! I'm REALLY looking forward to seeing you SOON! What is it now, only nine more days!? ((HUGS!))

Bethany...I'm afraid it will be quite awhile before we're good enough to keep the cat from running for shelter, much less subject human ears to our attempted "music." :-) Maybe someday though.......! :D

Becca....Good to hear from you again! I'm glad you found me too. It's been awhile! Last I knew you vacated cyberspace because of filter problems. :( We'll have to catch up soon!

God bless you all!