Friday, March 12, 2021

Camper Life: Prayer Steps?

 

Image via Angelia Phillips

A few days ago, I was praying at my desk, when I finished the morning’s Bible study. After praying for a few situations and people, I asked the Lord for some specific help with my camper-renovation project. I live in the guest-quarters of my sister and brother-in-law’s home, but the camper is what I’ll be using for remote work during the day hours, and nights when needed. 

Although I’ll maintain a residence in the house (it’s a big house), the camper will be my part-time quarters  and full-time work studio.

The renovation has been a slow yet rewarding process, but some aspects of it, I’ve needed help to get started, or completed. A pressing need has been for new steps. The camper is nearly 50-years-old. Its metal, pull-out steps are sagging and putting users at risk for trips and falls.

I’d shored them up with a wooden platform and some paver stones. It was a temporary fix and not a great one. I priced new steps and will eventually get some, but will have to wait until I clear out a few other things on the renovation's priority list, like running water  and electricity.

So, I asked the Lord for help--to please provide me with some sturdy stairs. 

A short time later, I left the house to run some errands in the city with my friend Vicki. Our little village is a good 30 miles from the city, so we carpool when we both have business there, when possible. Vicki is a good friend and neighbor, who visits me often and much of our time is spent in the camper, when the weather isn’t fair enough for us to be outside.

My rig (named Blessing) is parked in a small section of our front lawn, intentionally facing Touching Fire’s paddock. Fire is my sister’s rescued mare, and we parked the camper so that I could easily see her and her pen while working. She inspires me.

As I exited our house and started down the front steps, I glanced toward the rig, out of habit. Immediately, I noticed something looked different. By the time I reached the bottom, I was nearly in tears. 

A new set of steps were sitting under Blessing's door!

Wooden steps, perfectly measured to fit exactly as they needed to be!

I’d prayed for help with getting new steps only an hour earlier and there they were!

Please pardon the taped hatch-doors, the scrap wood and Savitch’s (my cat) extra litter box, stowed under the rig. Once a couple more things are squared away in the cabin, those things will have a new home.

I was so excited about the stairs-gift I immediately called my sister to tell her to tell her they’d arrived, and then left to pick up my friend, Vicki. When she got in the car a few minutes, later, I was immediately giving her the run-down about how I’d prayed just a short while ago and came out to see new, hand-crafted stairs in place at Blessing’s door!

She laughed and said, “I already know. Charlie (her husband) built them on Sunday and he placed them earlier this morning.”

Please pardon the taped hatch-doors, the scrap wood and Savitch’s (my cat) extra litter box, stowed under the rig. Once a couple more things are squared away in the cabin, those things will have a new home.

I was so excited about the stairs-gift I immediately called my sister to tell her to tell her they’d arrived, and then left to pick up my friend, Vicki. When she got in the car a few minutes, later, I was immediately giving her the run-down about how I’d prayed just a short while ago and came out to see new, hand-crafted stairs in place at Blessing’s door!

She laughed and said, “I already know. Charlie (her husband) built them on Sunday and he placed them earlier this morning.”

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