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April 2, 2007

Ask And Receive

ON ONE OCCASION, Richard and I left Toccoa immediately following his Sunday morning sermon. We needed to be in Asheville, North Carolina, which was 135 miles away, before Monday evening when I was scheduled to teach a Bible study. At that time, the roads were unpaved and on this particular occasion heavy rains made travel almost impossible. While we made it to Tallulah Falls without incident, our car became stuck in what seemed to be knee-deep mud just before we crossed the river bridge. There was no way to budge it. Unfortunately, we had to spend the night right there.

The next morning a young man driving a team of oxen pulled up beside us and asked if we needed help. We did! Soon we were free of our entrapment and on our way. Miraculously we made it, though both of us were tired, damp, and hungry. Because we had very little money with us, we did not stop by the dining room to eat.

The evening service went well, and after I finished speaking, Richard prayed a powerful prayer. Later, as we closed the door to our room, we wondered how we would make it through the night since we had not eaten. By morning, we were famished. Just as we were discussing our situation, the telephone rang. It was the hotel manager asking if we would be “joining him for breakfast?” He softly asked, “Is something wrong with the food?” It turned out that not only was our room paid for but also all of our meals!

As we headed down for breakfast, I looked at Richard and asked, “Wonder how many Christians miss God’s blessings simply because they fail to ask Him to bless them?” Whatever your need is today, God always has a solution.

I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (Luke 11:9)

(By Mrs. Evelyn Forrest (1879 – 1959) Toccoa Falls, Georgia, Wife of Dr. R.A. Forrest, Co-Founder of TFC. Taken from the book: Leaves From the Tree God Planted © 2006 by Toccoa Falls College, p. 36-37)