Thursday, February 5, 2009

We Forgot The Children!

In our homeschooling right now, we are reading the story of George Muller. I had never heard of him before, but one day I saw a Veggie Tales video which had just a part of his story. And it intrigued me enough to find out more about him. I mean, a man who sits down at a table with children (an orphanage) with NO FOOD at the table or even cooked, prays and thanks God for His provisions, and sure enough He provides... I had to know more.

His life story is amazing. AA wants to find his journal and read it. I think that is a fabulous idea and will be looking into that soon.

So he feels led to start an orphanage and rely on God to provide EVERYTHING. People thought he was crazy. Did God care about chamber pots (when I told the girls those were potties they giggled)? Muller mentioned that there was NOTHING to small for God to care about.

So God provided chamber pots, bed sheets, forks and the building. EVERYTHING was provided by God, even the volunteers! The big day comes and no one arrives! No children show up. Muller waits all day and comes home with his head hung low in disappointment. His wife greats him with enthusiasm asking him all sorts of questions about the children, until she realizes he is sad.

So she asked him what was wrong. And he started to doubt himself. Was this just some sort of dream? Or did God truly want Him to open an orphanage? His wife lovingly reassured him that everything for the orphanage including the building, was an answer to prayer. A provision from God. Then she laughed (which of course upset her husband who commented that this was a serious matter and not laughable).

He had to agree that everything provided for the orphanage WAS indeed and answer to prayer. But if it was, then why did no children come?


God wants us to bring EVERYTHING to Him. Sometimes we get so caught up in the details, that we forget to seek God on the big things! This was a great lesson for the kids (ok...ok...for ME too!)! :D

1 comment:

Darlene said...

I had heard part of this story before, but I had not heard the part about the kids.
Great reminder for all of us.