One cold January, George Watson's orange groves in Florida were ruined. This meant he now had no money to support himself, and in November he had a large bill due. He had no way to get the money except by prayer. The Lord kept him from even thinking of complaining, but he began to fast and pray for God to supply his needs. He determined he would ask help of no one except the Lord.
All through September and October he prayed much and even fasted, and was kept in perfect peace. During the last week of October, a widow he had never seen and who knew nothing of his need, wrote to him. One day she had been impressed to pray for him, and God assured her He would meet his need.
Watson had only been praying about his November bill, but he had an equally huge one in December. Her prayers covered both bills.
One day the Spirit gave Watson a powerful view of the Fatherly provision for him, and these words filled his mind: "Money is nothing to Me; it is only My wrapping paper, and is inexhaustible; just give Me continually your warmest love and perfect obedience, and I will attend to your finances."
By faith he knew his prayer was answered. Four days later, he received a check that more than covered both bills. The man wrote that he, "felt a strong impulse to send him a check." The check did not surprise Watson at all, for he expected God to do something.
He walked into the forest, sat down on a log, and just gazed for an hour at the great and living God, and adored His love and the reality of His personal presence. He didn't know which to admire most: the Holy Spirit's prompting the widow to pray or His moving the man to send the money. And then he thought about the accuracy of the Lord's time-table causing the check to reach him on the very day of his need.
Dear Lord, give us the kind of faith that is not surprised, but simply humbly grateful, when the answer comes.
"Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised" (Romans 4:20, 21).