"All I Asked for Was a Shovel"

November 10, 2015 • United States

Then God sent a whole team of His soldiers.

Tammy Brewer and Susan Stone live in South Carolina, where torrential rains recently caused flooding in much of the state.

Tammy: I recently witnessed God stepping into a situation and taking total control. I was helping a friend, Susan Stone, tear out flooring in her house that had been damaged by a flood. After working for several hours, we hadn’t made as much progress as we had hoped. We needed a shovel that we didn’t have, so I walked down to a neighbor’s house to borrow one.

There was a group of about 15 people on this porch wearing orange shirts that said “Samaritan’s Purse.” I was familiar with the group because I’ve packed Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes and donated money toward chickens for families in developing countries. When I saw them, I thought it was nice that they were praying with people.

I asked the neighbor for a shovel and went to the shed to get it. When I came out, one of the men from the group asked if I lived in the area. I explained that I was just helping a friend. He then asked if I would like for his whole group to come help us. I explained that I didn’t have any tools for that many people.

“No problem,” he said. “We have a U-Haul full of tools.”

All I asked for was a shovel, but my great God sent a whole team of His soldiers! By 4:00 p.m., the entire house was stripped and gutted to the framing, and the waste had been hauled to the road. The next day, they returned to spray for mold. All these people were volunteers, on their own time and their own dime. I thank God for Samaritan’s Purse and all who have donated to the ministry.

Susan: In God we have everything, and with God in our hearts we become complete. I saw His workers first hand. I burst into tears when they drove into our yard. When they came, it was a total surprise—it was a God thing. As the flood debris and clutter was removed from my house I thought of how we should also remove the debris and clutter from our hearts.

Today I saw how infinite and abundantly accessible God is through ministries like Samaritan’s Purse, friends, and family. It is impossible for any of us to have a need that God can’t meet. After all, He created us and everything that is in this world. With all the turmoil, trials, and temptations in this world, there are still many servants.