“You need a new roof.” They were not words I wanted to hear. We were having an entirely different issue addressed, when the handyman noticed missing shingles and other damage to our rooftop. I knew our roof was original to the house, and would need to be replaced soon. But it wasn’t on our 2018 radar.

I remembered a conversation with a friend who had just replaced her roof. Who was her contractor? It seemed like a good place to start. A second call to our insurance company was logical. Recent storms and forceful winds may have caused some of the damage.

After making the calls, the next step was to schedule an appointment with the insurance adjuster. Within a couple of days we would have an answer.

As the adjuster climbed off the ladder and made his way to the door, I held my breath. From the time I heard the words “need a new roof,” I began half-heartedly praying the Lord would work something out. Admittedly, I wasn’t expecting much — given the age of our roof.

Unlikely outcome

When the adjuster left, my husband and I were speechless. We had a check in hand for a portion of the roof replacement, with a second check to follow after the contractor completed the job.

Sheer amazement turned into a prayer of thanksgiving as we realized what God had done. What seemed like an impossible outcome, wasn’t too hard for the God of the universe.

Hannah’s problem

I’m reminded of a much more difficult situation we see in the Old Testament. Hannah was married to Elkanah, but she was unable to get pregnant. In those days, women were looked down on in society if they didn’t have children.

Elkanah’s other wife, Peninnah, had many kids and didn’t waste an opportunity to remind Hannah of her barrenness. As if it weren’t difficult enough for Hannah to have to share her husband with Peninnah, the constant barbs about her inability to conceive made her weep and stop eating.

A prayer

Her predicament pushed her to pray with boldness:

And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. 1 Samuel 1:11; KJV

Hannah poured out her heart to the Lord. And left the results to Him.

God opened Hannah’s womb and gave her the boy she begged for. Samuel was the answer to her prayer. She kept her vow with joy. When she brought her son to the temple she spoke to Eli, the priest:

For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him: Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord. And he worshipped the Lord there. 1 Samuel 1:27–28

Giving Hannah and Elkanah a son wasn’t too hard for God. And in His goodness, He gave them five more children — three sons and two daughters (1 Samuel 2:21).

God turned a heart-breaking situation into one that brought hearts full of joy. Our God is the God of the impossible.

Your turn

Are you facing a seemingly impossible situation? Will you step out in prayer and pour your heart out to the God of the impossible?

Can I pray for you?

Heavenly Father, Thank You for showing Yourself mighty in situations that don’t seem possible. Forgive us for half-hearted prayers and doubting Your ability to answer. Renew our faith. Help us remember the truth of Your Word, “For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37). In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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