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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Answered Prayers

Our company cooperative had its Christmas raffle for this year this afternoon. Actually we had to buy tickets for it – one ticket is for P50.00 and you can get maximum of 6 tickets. I got 2 tickets but I had NO feeling whatsoever that I was going to win. Just thought if I win then it would be great and if not well at least it is additional fund so that there could be more prizes for raffle. And I was right, I did NOT win. But such wasn’t so last year because I really prayed to win and I did!

It is a long story but I want to write about it anyway.

You see one of our colleagues, a really close friend, was having financial difficulty and he would always borrow from our cooperative. Our coop gives out different kinds of loans and he has availed of them all and would renew when his loan is fully settled. Every time he would get a loan, he’ll send his form to me so that I could be his guarantor and I would always sign but the coop requires not just one but two to four guarantors so that I’ll ask whoever was around if they could become a co-guarantor too so the loan could be processed and they too would sign.

Anyway, something went wrong and he really got sick and he had more problems that he had to resign from the company. Even if he wanted to, he could not pay for his loans so we had to assume his loans. Those who signed as guarantors asked which loans where fully settled and which were not and those who were guarantors for settled loans felt relieved. But I felt guilty about the others assuming the loan since I knew I was being guarantor to him but some of the guys that signed just signed without really thinking. He would always obtain the maximum allowable loan so that I figured that the amount could be substantial and I was worried.

One time I was talking with one of the girls who’ll be assuming the loan and I mentioned that I hope I’ll win in our raffle so I could pay for the loan. It was just wishful thinking then.

Then came our raffle day. It was going to be held starting at noontime. I used to go to mass at noon (lunch break) and on that day, when I reached the church, I immediately said “Lord, I want to win big so I could use it for Mar (my friend)!”

The raffle was still going on when I got back to the office. My name has not been called but there were already a lot who won. So I just sat in my chair and started working, then the intercom rang and somebody said I also won. They asked how much but the one on the other line did not say so. Then I told them "Oh, I am sure I won big for I asked for it!" And sure enough I won second place. I got P10,000.00.

I told the guys, okay… I’ll give P1,000 for the blowout (addition for our Department Christmas party), P8,000.00 will be for the loan and P1,000.00 will be for me for buying the ticket.

I immediately paid the P8,000.00 to the coop when I got my winning. I was thinking that at least we would be sharing a smaller amount since I estimated his loan to be big. But after considering his savings and other benefits, it turned out that the loan was fully paid so nobody had to share anything.

And what happened to the P2,000.00? Well something bad happened while we were having our Company Christmas party, we learned that Mar, our friend had a stroke and died. Our department decided not to have a party and all the money we had were given to his family… then when we went to his wake I also gave another P1,000.00.

It was much later that I realize that all my winnings actually went to him including the P1,000.00 intended blowout and the P1,000.00 I also gave.

It was like the Lord telling me… “Aha! Didn’t you say everything was going to him? So everything should go to him!" And He made sure it did! God could be funny at times but he is really great, He could answer your prayer to the “T”! And this is not the first time he had done so, he has done it to me a lot of times but I also recall another answer during the month of December…

Our company always have raffle for Christmas of items given by from suppliers… when the economy was really good our major prizes were really big plus lots of items. Everyone (from head office and branches) looked forward to the raffle. We still have our raffles now but they are not as grand as before. Anyway, though I would love to win in the raffle, there is not really that strong desire to win something until one time. My mother was going to the province and was going to stay there a long time. I was really concerned because she had no refrigerator, I knew it would be difficult for her without one and I was canvassing for refrigerators. Then I saw the items for raffle in the HR department, there was a refrigerator and I immediately said "Lord, I need that"… talk about desire… I would say, it was pretty intense! AND I got it! I really did! I just asked our warehouse to include it in our container shipment to our branch near our province with very little cost on my part!

It really feels good when God answers your prayers and that fast!


Anonymous rolly said...

I wish I have your intense desire and faith.

I do have answered prayers but sometimes not that fast.

I say Amen.

5:04 AM  

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