As 2012 drew to a close a very good friend of mine Candy called me to tell me her grandmother has passed away. Candy is from just outside Richmond Virginia and has been in Peru for 4 years serving a Mission for the International Missions Board. Her faith and dedication to reaching the lost is inspiring and this is why we have become such good friends in such a short period of time.
Candy’s grandmother is a retired Pastor’s wife and they led a church in Michigan for years and Candy considered both of them her spiritual parents. On December 29, 2012 Candy posted on Facebook “They (her grandparents) are together once again.” Candy had one problem and it was a challenging one she needed an airline ticket to return to Michigan for the funeral on January 5, 2013. The ticket cost $1700.00 and Candy simply did not have the money. She asked me if I could help her and I was not in a position to assist her.
A group of us started to pray for wisdom and a miracle and the next day Candy and I met and we had to go to a local Grocery Store to buy some items and she picked up some Almonds and told me the almonds were a snack for the flight up to the US for the funeral. At this point, we had only hit road blocks in getting Candy her airline ticket and it did not look good. However, all of us here were praying and Candy simply had faith it would happen. After seeing this I started a one day fast and asked God for wisdom and a miracle regarding the airline ticket.
That evening a good friend of mine contacted me and I explained the situation and after discussing options and resources we figured out that between three individuals we could combine some frequent flyer miles to get Candy a ticket the problem was it was now less than a week before the funeral. If you have ever tried to redeem frequent flyer miles on short notice it is nearly impossible and we only had enough miles when combined to get a ticket at the lowest reward level which made our task even more challenging.
WE SIMPLY KEPT PRAYING and believed our God would come through for Candy. We also carefully sought our Lord’s wisdom. Me and my friend literally kept checking on the internet for a ticket on the dates we needed at the lowest reward level. FINALLY, on December 30th we had a BREAKTHROUGH my friend got a ticket at the lowest reward level and the airline waived all but $75.00 of the fees involved. CANDY HAD HER TICKET.
A few lessons can be learned from this whole experience. God does reward FAITHFULNESS and PERSISTENCE:
“The trustworthy person will get a rich reward, but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble.” - Proverbs 28: 20
“Be persistent in prayer, and keep alert as you pray, giving thanks to God.” – Colossians 4:2
We trusted God to fulfill the need for a ticket. Look at Candy’s faith in buying those Almonds. When she bought them there was no ticket in sight but Candy had faith. Also, we were waiting on God not seeking a quick answer. This is important because so many times we our answer to prayer QUICKLY. When we don’t get an answer we give up. In this situation we never gave up we kept praying and believing there would be a ticket. We were rewarded for this by getting a ticket on short notice at the lowest possible reward level and with over $400.00 in fees forgiven by the airline.
Candy’s grandparents are now in heaven today but even though they have departed this life they are still teaching us and I can see why Candy loved them so much. Their passage is heaven’s GAIN and our loss but even as they have now passed they are still inspiring us.