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NOT KNOWING WHERE HE WAS GOING
By Bryan Matthew Dockens

When my wife was about four months pregnant with our fifth child, we were made aware of a little girl who needed a home. The threeyear- old's father was deceased, her mother unfit, and the great aunt who had taken her in suffering from an incurable disease. The moment we were aware of the child's need, we offered to take her in.

Jesus preached, "I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in... Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me" (Matthew 25:35, 40). And James, by inspiration, wrote, "Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble" (James 1:27). This was all the information we needed to decide that becoming Debra's guardians was the right thing to do.

Had we taken the time to analyze the situation, we would have concluded that it was not at all feasible. Among other considerations, two adults and five children would fill the capacity of our seven-seat minivan. Adding another child would require a new and more spacious vehicle, which we simply could not afford.

We didn't know how it would happen, but by God's grace it would work. It is written, "By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would afterward receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going" (Hebrews 11:8). True faith need not ask, "How?", for true faith simply does what must be done.

Abraham was rewarded for going where he knew not, and so were we. After accepting young Debra into our home, we were informed of her survivor's benefits. The initial amount we received, the accumulation of what was withheld since her mother lost custody, was nearly enough to make the down payment on a new eight-seat SUV, and what we get each month more than covers the monthly payment.

God blesses those who trust in Him, and for that we are grateful. "Trust in Jehovah with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6).

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