"Perfect condition – please take"

Allie is a new member of a small group of believers who meet weekly. She began visiting a few months ago when a friend invited her to come so they could pray for her and support her in her battle with cancer. Allie has since received significant healing, and she has taken steps toward discovering the God who heals.

Allie's taste in fashion and furnishings is exotic. Her flat is filled with fairies, feathers, crystals, and cheap- but-classy antiques. Browsing an antiques shop recently, Allie came across a beautiful, old Singer-style sewing machine. "God," she whispered to Him, "I'd love something like that for my place."

God is a gift-giving God. He gives us food and joy (Acts 14:15-17), sunshine and rain (Matthew 5:45), Jesus and eternal life (John 4:10; Romans 6:23), the Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts (1 Thessalonians 4:8; 1 Corinthians 12). Jesus compared the Father to earthly parents. If we, fallen and selfish as we are, know how to give our children good things, how much more so does He! Still, there's a world of difference between eternal life and a sewing machine, don't you think? Allie wasn't praying for food, rent money, world peace, or eternal salvation. Her request was a childlike prayer made to a God she's becoming acquainted with. A couple of days after her visit to the antiques shop, Allie was walking out her front door on her way to work when she saw a pile of junk by the roadside. She stopped, stunned. There stood a complete Singer-style antique sewing machine. On it hung a sign: "Perfect condition, please take."

Perhaps our Father God likes to give a few toys every now and then, particularly to those inching toward His kingdom. , Sheridan Voysey, Our Daily Journey

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