I would imagine most, if not all of us have at some time wondered if God really hears us when we pray. I have prayed to God for many years, asking “What do you want me to do, why am I here?”. I never received an answer but I have been given a lot of opportunities. Maybe that was the answer. It reminds me of the song “Some of Gods greatest Gifts are Unanswered Prayers”. In retrospect those can be powerful answers.
But I want to tell about a time last year when I received a powerful answer and I knew it. In past years the work for STAMP week was developed by four of us, John Sargent, Jim Szczechowski, Vince Salerno and me. We reviewed the references from BACN and visited the sites, sometimes 2-3 times, to scope out the work required. From this, materials needed were identified and purchased, and schedules for the work and pairing up volunteers needed to perform the work were developed. But last year two of our team members were unable to work with us due to other commitments. That left Jim and me to do the work. Ultimately we were able to have John Sargent size and order the 34 windows needed.
It didn’t take long as Jim and I started visiting the sites before we looked at each other and said ‘what did we get ourselves into and how are we going to do this’. The further we went into this the more upset we became. It got to the point that we were panicky. We even considered calling off STAMP week.
One night I was beside myself with concern and worry before I went to bed. I couldn’t relax or lay still. Finally I decided to resort to prayer. I prayed ‘God, how are we ever going to do all that is needed to make this happen? We can’t do this by ourselves. I don’t even know where to start. We need your help. I am not asking this for us, I am asking because this is for your people in need. If you want us the help your people then we need your help’. I finally drifted off to sleep.
The next morning I awoke surprisingly refreshed and clear headed. I knew exactly where to start and what to do to get this work started. I sat down at the computer and started organizing my thoughts and started typing. I think I worked all day at the computer. Over the course of the next several days I organized the sites and the work required and the material needed. I started ordering and buying what we thought we needed. Finally between Jim and me, and with God’s help, we got the job done and we had a very successful STAMP week.
There is no question in my mind that God wants us to do STAMP type of work for those in need in our community. I could not have received a stronger message from God.
John Wehmeyer, Author