What a pleasant surprise when our next door neighbor
Joined my husband and me on the back porch,
His face beaming, pen, and paper in hand.
Sitting in the rocker across from us, and as if
The words could hardly wait to jump out of his mouth
He pronounced, “Okay. This is what we’re going to do . . .”
And true to his word, the very next day
Two, happy-faced fellows from his church
Bravely crawled under our house with the bugs
And cobwebs and spiders and snake skins
And replaced our broken down leaky water heater
With a brand spanking new one. Paid in full!
We are still speechless, Lord.
Only you know how truly grateful we are
To you and our neighbor and his church
And the two young men who donated
Their valuable time to help us in our time of need.
It’s no surprise, coming from you,
But we’re accustomed to helping others
And not the other way around.
And you know how I despise being the one in need.
But this time, you tied my hands behind my back
opened my eyes and helped me to see the blessing
Your people received from you by obediently helping us.
The pond in our front yard is slowly drying up
And we now have the hottest water we’ve had in weeks.
Thank you, Lord, for always being faithful to your Word
And for putting people in our lives who are willing
To be your feet and hands to shower us
With blessings from above.