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Oven Healing

This post may sound bizarre to some readers who haven’t lived around Christians who put their faith where they live, but bear with me.

Today one of our housemates ran upstairs happily proclaiming, “God healed our oven!” She planned to bake a cake, had forgotten our oven wasn’t working until the moment she set it to pre-heat, and decided to ask God if he would make the oven work! From the smell of Tres Leches cake baking, I knew it was a successful repair job!

I laughed and said, “You’re turning into Jon and me!” I don’t remember if we have told her all the stories of our praying over broken- down car engines, fuel pumps and fan belts on various Interstates; or electric typewriters and other equipment in developing countries throughout our lives when we had no other help.

We’ve often had answers to prayers before we asked for them. My daughter and I were driving on a deserted highway in Indonesia five hours from home, when our old Toyota car broke down. At that exact moment two policemen appeared in that spot with no motor vehicle in sight.

They were able to check under the hood and protect us from passing truckers who might harm us.  Made us wonder, “Do angels wear Indonesian Police uniforms?”

However, if they were angels, God had not made them mechanics, because they hadn’t a clue about how to fix our car. But they flagged down a trucker who told us we could make it to the next town, one hour away. We went along our way in sweltering heat, not daring to turn on the AC or the tape deck.

When our car finally “limped” into that town garage, the mechanics were aghast! “You came how far”?? Without the _______________”? “Impossible!”

Whatever it was, it must have been a pretty important part!

On a sour note we also got Hepatitis A on that trip from drinking infected ice with our Coca-Cola. On a positive note, I lost a lot of weight.

I’m not the type to live in ‘miracleville’ and never touch the ground. I’m just saying, we’ve observed that God does answer prayer..a lot!  It seems related to what direction we’re going in, and I’ll leave it at that.

I prayed for an arm to begin growing normally again, and it didn’t. It will in heaven, I know. I wish it would have here on earth.

I’m at the point where I just go with God’s flow. It doesn’t bother me a lot whether he goes with mine or not!

I’m pretty comfortable with what he’s doing, but I wish that people didn’t suffer as they do. Especially, sweet and good people and innocents. This world is far from perfect and I don’t blame God, But there are some pretty horrible characters in the world that I would have less patience with than our Lord seems to.

Maybe that’s why God intends us to judge ourselves and love others and not vice-versa.

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