A few years ago in the middle of the summer I woke up one day and my air conditioner was not working. I was freaked out, to say the least. Not only because my air conditioning was out during one of the hottest times of the year, but the potential expense to get it fixed. To add to my anxiety was the fact that the next day I was expected to leave for a week-long vacation. The trip had been planned for a long time, and it was too late to cancel. There wasn’t enough time for me to get the air conditioning fixed on that day so I had to take the trip knowing that I would return to an extremely hot home with a broken air-conditioner. Immediately I started to pray.
As I made the long drive to my vacation destination, I prayed for a simple, low-cost solution to fixing the air conditioner. Once I arrived, I found myself worrying about the situation. Then all of a sudden the scripture came to mind about casting all of my cares on to the Lord. I decided I needed to do just that or I was not going to have a good peaceful time while on vacation. I would put my trust in the Lord and enjoy my vacation.
After it was over I jumped in the car to return home. Worry free and at peace, I drove home. Then suddenly as I drove down the highway, a stone hit my windshield and put a small chip in it. The chip though small, looked to be large enough and deep enough that over time it would crack and I would have to replace my windshield. Undeterred by this event I prayed that the windshield did not end up cracking and I cast my cares on this issue up to the Lord as well.
Though this was another serious blow, I stood on my faith in the Lord. Both of these events, the broken air-conditioner and the chip in the windshield were unknowns. Unknowns can often be worrisome. I didn’t know what was wrong with the air conditioning and what it would take to fix it and I didn’t know if the windshield was going to end up having to be replaced. But what I did know was that the Lord was my helper, my provider, and my protector!
Once I arrived home, I said another prayer and called the manufacturer of my air conditioner. To my surprise, I found out that it was still under warranty and it would not cost me anything to have it fixed. I had the air conditioner for almost ten years, so I thought surely it was out of warranty. I was wrong. Praise God!
I called to tell my parents the good news. When I told my father about the chip in the windshield, he told me that there was a product that you could purchase at an automobile supply store which would prevent the chip from causing a crack. I thought hallelujah! I jumped in the car and drove down the street to my local auto supply store. I got out of the car and headed for the door. Then I stopped to go back to make sure I had a good idea of about how large the chip was. To my surprise, I couldn’t find it. Somehow it had disappeared. I was so excited. I said praise the Lord! I got in the car and I drove home.
I do not recall anywhere in the Bible where Jesus worried about his prayers not being answered. He always had the assurance of knowing that prayer is always answered. Thank you, Lord!