I want to share a miracle that Jesus performed for my mother this past weekend. For the past month our basement has been flooded.. a lot of the flooding was caused by two feet of snow melting rather quickly and Spring rains,. and the fact that our home is built upon a wetland area in a rural area.
Due to the basement flooding, our furnace was adversely affected and wouldn’t turn on. Our basement is also overly crowded with piles of old clothes and other items my mother hoarded so there is no way a repair person would ever agree to come into our basement with 6 ” of water, floating garbage, rats, and barely any room to walk through the narrow “pathways” to get to the furnace.
She mentioned, “Maybe God will give us a miracle” while she installed a sump pump in one area of the basement. Weeks went by., and my mother and father either took showers over my sister’s home, or at the physical therapy rehab center they go swimming at once a week. I took sponge baths , and washed in our church’s basement when I could. I resigned myself that the furnace would never get fixed.. until maybe next November with the danger of freezing pipes come Winter. I wanted so badly to help my mother with the basement, but my job has been basically requiring I work about 20 hours overtime and this also involves Saturdays as well.
This past Saturday while I was at work, my mother , with her boots on, was wading in the basement toward the furnace.. and then attempted about 15 times to push in the furnace stoker button . The furnace would kick in for a few seconds, but the button would pop back out right afterwards, and the furnace would stop again. “God doesn’t care” she said to herself, as she turned away from the furnace when suddenly she heard our Lords’ voice .
“Turn around, “Doubting Thomas!”, He said , and so she turned around toward the furnace. and in shock while staring at the button, she saw it push DOWN all “by itself” as though by an invisible hand pressing it in. The furnace kicked on after 5 weeks of not working, and the button remained pressed down. It did not pop back up. Now that red stoker button on the furnace will never press in by itself. It will only pop up ,. but will never accidentally press in. The only way it will is if someone actually presses it in.
She was elated and shocked, and the reality that God hears everything and is truly REAL hit her big time. It taught both of us to give God a chance, and wait HIS timing. There was a divine purpose that He permitted us to suffer this temporary hardship of no furnace.. though it could have been much worse and happened during the coldest part of the Winter. Hardships He permits are good for our spirits., Throughout this time of enduring without a furnace, I kept on asking the Lord about this, and kept getting rhemas regarding how not one hair falls off of our heads without God being aware of it… Or to thank Him for trials He permits. On His own timing, He delivered us from this trial. and We are both grateful to Him 🙂