By Lynn Wallace
Can God stop the rain today as He did in Elijah’s day? Can He send pianos without money? Can He pay rent when funds are exhausted? Can He give a child to a barren couple?
God Gives Pianos
The pastor surely sought the Lord’s will. “What do you want me to do with this piano? We don’t need it for our church?”
In the meantime I had pleaded, “Lord, please give me a piano.” I examined used pianos, but none measured up. I knew the Lord wanted me to teach piano. He would answer.
When I arrived at the pastor’s office, he stated, “I have a surprise for you.” He showed me a piano in one of the classrooms. “Could you use this piano?” he asked.
My heart rejoiced until I called the piano tuner. He examined my piano and said, “It isn’t worth repairing, but here’s the name of a piano repairman. He might pay you $25 for your piano.”
I called the repairman. As he looked at my piano, he asked, “Are you a Christian?” We shared our testimonies. Then he said, “Your piano won’t sound like a concert grand, but I can fix it good enough for teaching piano.” He gave me a special price, and agreed to buy my piano if it failed to satisfy me. When he finished the repairs and tuning, I enjoyed practicing as well as teaching my pupils!
Another lady prayed for a piano. She forgot to specify just one piano. She ended up with three pianos! I believe the Lord enjoys doing things to make us laugh.
When we left again to work with the Navajo people, the churches prayed for us. We had raised half our support and could not wait to work with our dear Navajo people. We obtained permission to park our home–a blue school bus–on the Navajo reservation. They made no charges for rent and utilities.
However, we failed to get our lease. We moved to a trailer park. Now our rent was $80 per month which we did not have. “Oh Lord, help us,” we prayed earnestly.
Bodine Baptist Church in Oklahoma City decided to take us on as their missionaries for the Daily Vacation Bible School. We had not heard from them since Leon had spoken there about two years previously. The offering amounted to $80, just enough to pay our rent. “Thank you, Lord,” we said in our hearts, as we paid our rent on time.
Childless and Weeping
John and Susie prayed, “Lord, please give us children.” They wept and longed for the laughter of children. Really, they were thinking of one child at a time.
The orphanage called, “We have a set of twins for you.” They prayed again, and decided to accept this double blessing.
Please Stop the Rain!
On one occasion Rose and I sought to win souls in Long Beach, California. We visited in the Carmelitos Housing Project there.
The children living in this low-income housing kept coming and coming. They continued coming up to our supper time. We could not keep our hostess waiting. About this time one small child asked, “Can I go get my twin?”
“We’ll come back tomorrow,” we promised. However, the next day the weather threatened to interfere with our plans. The rains descended in torrents. “Lord,” we prayed with pounding hearts, “please stop the rain so that we can keep our promise. These children need Jesus.”
The rains did not stop at once. We waited. About 2:30 in the afternoon the rains stopped. God had heard and answered our prayers! We scurried back to Carmelitos and again the children kept coming and coming.
Though we certainly were not Elijahs, our God remains faithful. He will stop rains today to serve His purposes.
God not only sends rains, pianos, money and children in answer to prayer, but a heap of other things. He always fits the answer to the need.