His Eye Is on the Sparrow
Today, we're continuing the week's theme of answered prayer. This testimony, related by Sister Sarah Watson, reminds us that God cares about the natural needs of our lives, especially when we have a need that feels like a very big deal.
It was after World War II and houses available for rent or sale were scarce. We were living with my husband's parents, and although they were very good to us, we were terribly crowded. We had one little girl, and we were expecting another child. We didn't have any money to buy a home and we couldn't find one to rent.
I cried out to God in prayer for him to help us. One day while trying to prepare supper, I was overwhelmed with the desire to reach God in prayer. I remember leaving the potatoes I was peeling in the sink and going to my room to pray. As I knelt down, instead of asking God for a house, I was moved to express my gratitude to Him for His love and goodness towards me. I began to praise Him for what He had done for me in the past, and I told Him how much I loved Him.
Suddenly the room seemed to be illuminated with a light and warmth that spread through my entire body. I knew Jesus Christ was in the room with me. It felt like my room had been transformed into a garden, and Jesus walked slowly towards me. All I could see were His feet and the mantle around them. I could not look up, but cried and said, "Jesus of Nazareth I know You're here, please answer my prayers." At this point I felt a hand over my head, and, at once, I knew He had heard me and was going to answer my requests.
I don't know how long I was in my room, but the feeling of joy lasted for a long time. I did not worry anymore about our needs. That very week my mother called to tell me to look for a house because she had saved $1,500 to put down on a home, as she knew how badly we needed it.
We fell in love with a little house about a half block from the Windsor Branch of our Church, which we were attending at the time. We went to see the owner, but we found out that he wanted a lot more than $1,500 as a down payment. It was not possible for us to come up with any more money, so our spirits were crushed again.
Then I remembered the experience I had had in my room, and I told my husband that we should go back and see the man again. This time I asked my mother to pray with us. We arrived at his house just as he was coming home from work. He watched as we walked up to him, and then he put his arms around both of us and said, "Come in my children, I have been waiting for you."
We were so surprised and happy with his change of attitude. When we went in the house he told us that after our first visit he had had a dream that very night. In the dream, God spoke to him and asked why he had sent us away? God said, "If they had been your children, would you have sent them away?" He answered, "No, Lord." And the Lord replied, "Remember, they are My children, and they need that house. Give it to them and I will bless you."
The next day he prayed, asking God to send us back to him, promising to give us the house for the money we had; which is why when he saw us coming, he said, "Come, my children I have been waiting for you." That house turned out to be a wonderful blessing to our family.