Emily and I had been praying for one of the debris trucks to make their way down McKenna’s street. It had already come once at some point before we got there to start cleanup; there were a couple of houses on their street who’d been able to get their cleanup completed. But there was no guarantees of when the trucks would be coming again. The city was desperately trying to be fair in getting around to streets and get to them as quickly as possible.
For us, the prayer was two-fold. First, we didn’t want old food and moldy household items to attract rodents and pests. The last thing McKenna needed was a raccoon infestation or a snake problem. Second, with the pain of throwing away her memories and household items, we wanted that stuff to be gone and out of McKenna’s line of vision as she began to rebuild. It would feel as if she was truly making a dent in her restoration, and she would be able to move forward.
Towards the end of Wednesday afternoon at around 230pm, we saw a debris hauler on the intersecting street near McKenna’s house and hope surged that it was coming towards us. However, at the intersection it took the dreaded turn left instead of right toward the opposite end. All three of us were joking when we saw it happen, and pretended to try and ‘will’ the truck back in our direction.
We continued raking the debris into the growing pile all the while side-eyeing that truck down the street. McKenna saw it first. “It turned around! It’s coming in our direction!”
We were all so excited. The raking and shoveling pace increased as it cleaned up the debris four houses down, then three, then two….and when he was done with their house, his truck was full. Even writing about it now makes me chuckle.
He stopped at our driveway, and I went up to the stranger to ask if he would be back. He was so kind. “I’m going to go dump this, but I’ll be back. I’ll have about 15 minutes left that I can haul it into the truck.” I thanked him profusely and as he drove off, the pace of our work was bordering frantic! We wanted all of it to be gone!
Ten minutes later, he drove up to the house, waved hi and began his work of running the hauler equipment as we continued to rake. He kept smiling at us and yelled out, “Slow down! Slow down! You’ve got time!” I yelled back with the clock ticking at 15 minutes, we were going to make the haul worth it! He told us not worry—“I’ll stay until it’s done, ladies. I won’t leave.”
And he didn’t. He took every bit of our debris from the front, and we filled his truck to the brim with our things from the house. We were so thankful that we asked for his name and if it would be alright to take our picture with him! His name was Randy, and he was retiring in eight months, so we wished him a happy congratulations in his upcoming retirement and thanked him again for his willingness not to take off when his time was up.
In Philippians 4:19 the Bible says, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Isn’t it just like God to give us exactly what we needed at the exact moment we needed it?! We were winding down much of our cleanup, and the last hurdle we were praying for was for the debris pile to disappear.
McKenna, Indy, and Andros still have a long road ahead in their hurricane recovery. As we speak, they’re still waiting on a new roof, new walls, and 2 new windows. But a lot of work has been done to get them to that point, and they are at least able to live in the downstairs part of their house. When we’ve least expected it, God has supplied McKenna and Indy with the necessary and even sometimes the extra that we only hope and wish for. Our God is a good God!
How about you? Tell us about a time that God has supplied your needs. We’d love to have you share in the comments below!
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Love it, God does come through every time, sometimes through people, circumstances and His word. Just a little encouragement, a helping hand, or a friendly smile, can help so much. It’s awesome to see how He works.
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