The following is just one of Bill and Teddy Rogers’ personal testimonies describing how God answered our prayers but not always in the way we had expected.
James 4:2 (NLT) says “You don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.”
WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED
It was mid-afternoon on June 11, 1997. Since my husband Bill would be coming home from work in a little while, I started to prepare our evening meal. I wanted to deep-fry some catfish, so I put a pot filled with grease on the stove and turned on the burner.
While the grease was heating, I went down in the basement and put a load of clothes in the washer. This only took me about five minutes.
THE FIRE IN OUR KITCHEN!
When I came back up the stairs, I was horrified because the window curtains next to the stove were on fire. I immediately went into a state of panic.
We had a fire extinguisher hanging on the wall but I could not remember how to use it. The only thing I could think of was to call on the name of Jesus. So I ran around shouting, “Jesus, Jesus, Oh Jesus!”
I ran out on the front porch and was about to yell “FIRE” when I saw my neighbor (2 doors up the street) sitting on his front porch. Since he has had several strokes and a heart attack, I did not yell “FIRE” because I did not want to frighten him into having another one.
I ran back into the house and threw some water on the fire. I had forgotten that you are not supposed to throw water on a grease fire. The fire immediately blazed even higher, quickly spreading throughout the kitchen and thick black smoke began to fill the house.
By this time, I was really scared and I called on Jesus some more. After what seemed like an eternity, it seemed as if He (Jesus) said, “Teddy, I’ve heard you. Now call 911!” So I did! The 911 operator told me to get out of the house, so I went out and sat on the front porch like nothing was happening.
THE FIRE TRUCKS AND AMBULANCE ARRIVE
Thank God, the firemen responded quickly. In practically no time at all, they knocked a 15 foot hole in our north (exterior) wall, tore down the ceiling in the kitchen and using foam extinguishers, put out the fire.
Then, they brought in a big fan that sucked most of the smoke out of the house. And, to my surprise, they even apologized to me for having to do so much damage to our house.
I am so grateful to God that the fire did not explode in my face when I threw water on it and that I was not trapped down in the basement.
I did not call Bill at work because I did not want him driving fast and maybe having an accident in his hurry to get home. I prayed that the fire trucks and the ambulance would be gone before he arrived. Thank God, my prayer was answered.
BILL ARRIVED HOME
When Bill finally arrived, I met him on the front porch and broke it to him gently. We were both so thankful that I was OK. As soon as he saw what had happened, Bill called the insurance company. Within two hours, they sent a crew to put plywood over the big hole in the side of our house and secured the property.
THANKING GOD FOR HIS MERCY AND GRACE!
I cried most of that first night. I could not stop thinking about what could have been had it not been for the mercy and grace of God.
The next day, we remembered our prayer from about a week earlier. We had been sitting in the kitchen doing our morning Bible Study. Afterward, we talked about possibly refinishing our kitchen cabinets while the weather was warm and we could have the windows open.
We prayed and asked God to bless us with some new appliances and carpeting. We also prayed that the summer would be cool so we would not have to run our air conditioner until late summer. Finally, we prayed for some opportunities to go fishing.
The insurance company put us in a very nice, furnished apartment at Whispering Lake and we had opportunities to go fishing all summer long.
Since the electricity and gas in our house had been disconnected, we never did turn on the air conditioner. We spent six and one-half months away from our home and went through some very frustrating times with the contractors.
However, Romans 8:28 says that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord. Hallelujah! What the devil meant for evil, God turned into a major blessing for us and we give Him all the praise.
HOW GOD BLESSED US
After all was said and done, we had a kitchen complete with all new appliances, cabinets and counter-tops, and many other items we didn’t even ask for.
And, because of the smoke damage, our entire downstairs and part of the upstairs was cleaned and painted and the floors and stairs covered with beautiful new carpeting.
WHAT A WONDERFUL GOD WE SERVE!
We received far more than we had even asked for. Hallelujah! Ain’t God Good!
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