The Surprise

August 14, 2016
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Matthew 7:11 – If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (NIV)

When we replaced our septic tank last year, it required a lot of digging and earthmoving, which resulted in the loss of our biggest grazing area for the horses and goats. In another year or two, our greenery will be restored, but in the meantime, having to feed extra hay during the summer months was getting expensive. So I decided to pray about it. I simply asked God to help me to find some really great, inexpensive hay. And He did.

The fact that He supplied the hay was not a surprise. The way that He supplied it, however, was. I was busy working the counter at the hardware store when one of my neighbours from down the road came in and stopped to chat for awhile. In the course of our conversation, he told me that his lawn mower was broken, and if I wanted to bring the horses and goats down to graze, he would be quite happy for them to do the "mowing".

Wow! I was in awe at his offer that had come so quickly after my prayer, which no one knew about except God.

So now, every morning around seven, the horses and our biggest goat take a short walk to my neighbour's property, where they spend a good portion of the day "mowing" his lawn.

My neighbour is happy. The goat and the horses are happy. And I'm happy — happy that I serve a God Who enjoys answering prayer with such good gifts simply because He loves me, just as He loves you and all of mankind.

So today, don't be shy about asking God for what you need, and you, too, might end up with a wonderful surprise!

Prayer: Father God, how marvellous You are in Your love for us. Thank You that we can talk to You about everything and anything, and not only know that You hear us, but also know that we can count on You to answer us with the greatest gift of all: Your good and perfect will. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

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Lynne Phipps <>
Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Ask n God will honor.

    That’s wonderful. Makes me smile.

    Oh yah! Seen that kind of thing before.

    Thanks for inspiring confidence in Him.

    Wonderful as usual.

    Thanks, Lynne, for this message. It made me smile.

    Hi Lynn, I love the way God answered your prayer. He indeed works mysterious ways his wonders to perform. Thank you for sharing.

    Paul the astute apostle said it in Philippians 4:19.
    So true, so true.
    Thanks for your devotional.

    Dear Lynne,
    What a wonderful story to share. I’m always so happy when you write for “Daily”; you always have something to say that is so great! Keep writing!

    Lynne – What a nice story with a positive result of your asking and receiving.
    We often feel that our requests are too simple to bother the Lord with but this is far from the truth. Thanks for sharing your story of faith with us; I loved it!

    Hey Lynn. One prayer request to a creative, loving and humorous God, my son needs a job. If God can feed your livestock “outside” our thinking box I am excited to see how He will supply a job!! Thanks for sharing.

    Praising the Lord Jesus with you for prompt, surprising answers to prayer! What a delightful testimony! My mind could see the animals grazing down the neighbor’s grass. What a blessing for everyone, even your readers. Blessings.

    Dear Lynne,
    So you are a keeper of houses, and of dogs; you write an area small newspaper, and you work in a hardware store.
    Yet, most of all, to me, you are a writer of devotions. Very fine ones.
    Keep writing. How could you not write? You have much to write about.

    God is good! Thanks for sharing that story!

    Wow Lynne – what an awesome experience! Thank you for sharing this encouraging testimony of answered prayer.


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