Years ago I had a desire to become involved in Vacation Bible School (VBS), so I asked the Lord to open a door for me to do so. The years passed and no opportunity came. I all but forgot my prayer until one day, years later, it came to mind again and I asked the Lord why He didn’t answer my prayer, because I thought it was a good prayer. I also told the Lord that I accepted His ways in my life, and that He knew best, even though I didn’t understand. It was at that point that my prayer was answered.
Once upon a summertime past,
I talked to the Lord, and this I asked,
Remember my prayer for a VBS,
Lord, why did it never come to pass?
A good prayer I thought, for the summer season,
But Lord I know you have a reason,
I will trust whatever comes from your hand,
But I must confess Lord, I don’t understand.
A still small voice I heard in my spirit,
“Do it now” … I could hardly believe it!
The timing was perfect, this I now saw,
The children around me, the Lord would draw.
I was so excited, all doubts were gone,
That very summer a VBS was born,
Neighborhood children, so many were they,
Gathered together they learned of God’s ways.
The Bible was taught to these sweet little ones,
A beautiful work our God had begun,
They ate and they played, and sang many a song,
We had VBS for three summers long!
The Lord hears all of the prayers we have prayed,
And in His great wisdom sometimes He delays,
To answer until the time is just right,
Giving us seasons of joy and delight!
Cathy White 2018 ©
The VBS lasted for three summers. The parents were very open to their children coming and some even asked if we would have another VBS when summer came around again the following year. I gave each parent a sheet of paper showing them what would be taught, and I asked them to sign a permission slip for their children to attend. I also asked the parents to list any food allergies their children had. (I used to work for a large church.) These were the children and families that I knew, and my grandchildren knew, from the neighborhood.
1 Corinthians 3:7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
Delay is not denial…
John 11:14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.