I have a deep desire to be a prayer warrior, a woman who is ready and willing to go to the Lord in prayer at any time, and I eagerly expect for the Spirit to help me in my weakness. Improving in prayer was one of my first goals upon arrival to the Living Vine. Thankfully, God already has rocked me.
What a glorious thing it is that God knows our hearts and asks us to come to him with holy confidence anyway. No request is too small or too great for God, and the Lord has proved that in just the past two weeks. I used to think that asking for these things in prayer were too arrogant or haughty, but God continues to remind me of his mercy and grace that flow so frequently. It is not because of me that I even can approach God’s throne with confidence, but rather it is always, only because of the salvation of Jesus Christ.
As I worked at Blessingdale’s, a gift and thrift store that devotes all its proceeds to the The Living Vine, I sorted through some donated jewelry at the register while greeting customers coming through the front door. Some of the jewelry was broken; some was fashionable. There were seemingly endless amounts of earrings and bracelets, but I came across a necklace that had braille on the front of it. Intrigued, I flipped it over to find “faith” written on the back. I quickly felt a burden on my heart, and almost without even realizing, I asked God to bring in a blind person to the store that day so I could give her the necklace. I sorted through the rest of the jewelry and went about completing various tasks.
Braille for the blind
A couple of hours later, a man and woman walked in to the store. The woman carried a walking stick and the man followed closely behind her, describing detail after detail of the merchandise in the store. God answered my prayer! It was a simple, random prayer. Even so, what beauty God revealed to me through it. I told my supervisor about it, then I approached the couple a few minutes later with the necklace in hand. We had a short conversation, and they were also joyful at the answered prayer and gift.
Like I said, this was a small prayer and maybe not a life-changing event for that couple, but it certainly is a day I will not soon forget. He recalled to memory that “one who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much” (Luke 16:10), and once again, as always, God restored “to me the joy of (his) salvation” (Psalm 51:12).
I already have seen God answer prayers for the girls here at The Living Vine and prayers for my growth, and the amazement that comes from that is new every time. God invites us to pray continually, and in doing so, our eyes are opened to the joy and the pain of the world around us. I once was blind, but now I see, all because of the Spirit leading me, and I can’t wait to see how I might be led throughout the rest of this summer.
Brianna Childs, a student at Baylor University, is serving with Go Now Missions at The Living Vine Christian Maternity Home in Savannah, Ga.