Jake Receives An Answer
couldn’t believe it! It was
just two more days until Christmas break
here she was stranded out on the side of the highway.
She knew the
car was on it’s last leg but she was hoping it would last until
break when she and her husband could think of some way
get it fixed. The old car had
over 300,000 miles on it and it was about
bite the dust but there was just no money to fix the car or to get another
and Joe were a young couple with two small children.
just to pay the bills. Sarah
had started back to college and
was on her way to class. She
was going to drop Mark off at
first but the old Chevy had sputtered to a halt.
budge another inch. Sarah had
just barely managed to coast
off to the side of the road.
I could only just make it to the next exit,” she said to Mark, her
son, as she tried to start the car again.
had no idea what to do, she had no cell phone and she couldn’t
Mark. It was too far for him
to walk in these frigid temperatures.
kept trying to start the car as if somehow more attempts would
action. She began mumbling
encouragement to the car with tears in
eyes. “Come on car. . . just a little further. . . please start!” she
it be okay, Mommy?” little Mark asked.
Sarah felt terrible to think that maybe she was scaring her son.
we are fine, Marky,” Sarah said with more assurance than she felt.
we should ask Jesus to help,” Mark suggested.
you are right, honey, let’s pray,” Sarah said as she reached back and
Mark’s hand. They prayed
and asked God to send them help.
was nothing to do but wait. It
was getting colder in the car and Sarah
Mark bundled up as best as they could with their coats, hats, and gloves.
Mommy!” Mark was pointing at a car coming up behind them.
was a police car.
you Lord,” Sarah whispered as she saw the officer get out of his car.
trouble, Ma’am?” the young officer said as Sarah rolled down her
I’m afraid so,” she sighed.
officer took a look under the hood and then recommended a call to a
towing service. Sarah
explained to him that she had no money for that.
Ma’am, is there someone I can call for you?”
was frantically trying to think of what to do because her husband
home when Mark said, “Mommy, call Big Jake, he will come”.
much as Sarah hated to bother Jake she was thankful that Mark had
of him. Big Jake was their
pastor and the kids all loved him. He
them all like they were his own grandchildren.
How he got to
Big Jake Sarah wasn’t sure but the name stuck and the title, “Big
spoken with as much honor and respect as any clerical title.
a good idea, Marky,” Sarah said as she told the officer the number to
wasn’t long before Big Jake pulled up in his old jeep and the officer
on his way, leaving the situation in Big Jake’s hands.
for coming, Jake, I don’t know what we would have done
you,” Sarah said.
to,” Big Jake smiled as he handed Mark the Ziploc bag of cookies
his wife had sent along. “Miss
Cathy sent you those Mark, she
you might need a little something to tide you over until time for
you!” little Mark squealed as he settled down in the back seat
the car with his cookies.
gave Bob at the station a call before I left and he’ll take his wrecker
to pick up your car for you. He
said it was going to cost
though,” Big Jake smiled knowingly.
much?” Sarah looked more than a little concerned.
said it would cost you one pumpkin pie like you fixed for the
fellowship on Saturday night. I
sure wish you’d give me
recipe, Sarah, I might be needing some new tires
long,” Big Jake shook his head and laughed.
Jake dropped Mark off at school and then drove on as he asked
if she still had time to make her class.
it’s at 10:30, I’m afraid it’s probably too late,” Sarah moaned,
make my afternoon class either without a car.
Maybe I ought to give up
back to college. It doesn’t
look like I’m going to have
way to get there anyway.”
don’t give up yet”, Big Jake said confidently.
“Let’s just see what God
in mind first,” he said as he pulled into his own driveway,
keep praying. . .God always has a plan.”
Jake came to a stop and stepped down from his jeep, leaving the jeep
you go, Sarah,” Jake said as he patted the driver’s seat for her
scoot over. “I think you
have just enough time to make that class.”
I can’t take your car, you’ll need it!” Sarah exclaimed.
I don’t need it. I can
drive Miss Cathy’s car. Now,
you go on
you miss your class,” and with that Big Jake walked off toward his
Jake watched through the window as Sarah drove off.
sure was a good feeling to be able to help those kids but he knew
needed a lot more help than he could give them.
help me know what to do,” Big Jake breathed a short prayer.
Jake Receives An Answer
next day Big Jake was sitting across from Cathy at the kitchen table.
had spent a good part of the morning praying and trying to think of
way to help Sarah & Joe with some kind of vehicle.
with the station this morning and their old car just wasn’t worth
There was no way Sarah and Joe would have the money to buy a car.
knew they had a lot of expenses when Joe had been out of work and
he had just started a new job that didn’t pay very well.
been very sick for a while too and the medical bills had piled up.
had gotten the idea to talk to his old friend, Jim, who had just the
car for Sarah and Joe but Jim needed at least four thousand for it.
car was in great shape and Jim was willing to let it go for less
it was worth just to help out Sarah and Joe.
Cathy broke the silence, “You know we can come up with half of it.
money in our special account! You know this time of year
always use it for someone needing help.”
that’s right!” Big Jake agreed, “Awwww . . . but we still need
thousand more, Jake lamented.”
be back before long, “ Jake told Cathy as he threw on his jacket.
knew where Jake was going. When
something was heavy
his heart, he would usually go for a walk through the woods
he’d talk to the Lord.
Jake walked and prayed and tried hard to listen for any prompting
the Lord. He thought about
asking the church to help but the church
already used up their benevolence fund.
There had been a lot of
in their church and community this year.
He had already told Sarah
wait and see what God had in mind. Maybe
he shouldn’t have said that,
thought. I hope I didn’t
give her false hope. Still,
Big Jake felt like God
did have a plan, something in mind for Joe and
so he prayed once more.
looked at his watch and was surprised that an hour had gone by
he hastened his steps as he headed back toward the house.
as he came up out of the wooded area in back of the house, he noticed
car had pulled in the driveway. It
was Ted Martin, one of his deacons.
was a quiet, soft-spoken man of few words but he was a good
who took his deacon role seriously in helping others.
had spotted Jake coming out of the woods and he
back and forth as he waited.
took one look at Ted and wondered what was on his mind.
sure hoped nothing was wrong.
Preacher,” Ted said as he walked up to him.
good to see you, Ted, what brings you out this way, I hope
just came for a visit and there’s nothing wrong.”
nothing wrong, I just had something to give you,” Ted answered quietly.
pulled out an envelope, handed it to Big Jake and said, “Here, I
you’d know what to do with this. Just
do something good with it.”
Jake could say or do anything, Ted turned and got into his car and left.
Jake was a bit puzzled as he turned the envelope over and opened
flap. He looked through the contents and with trembling hands and
broken voice Big Jake whispered, “Thank you, Lord.
I guess you really did have something in mind.”
had answered Jake’s prayers. For
you see, Big Jake was
in his hands a stack of one hundred dollar bills and as he
them, they amounted to exactly two thousand dollars.
true story as told to me by Big Jake)
I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,
to prosper you and not to harm you,
to give you a hope and a future.”