An article on Compassion’s Summer 2012 magazine regarding the plight of malaria in Africa read: “One mother told us, “I did not earn much money, but the little I had I was using to pay the hospital expenses either for my child or for myself. I want to thank the program for the supply of bed nets because today my money is no longer used to cure a disease that I could easily avoid.”
I love this quote because it reminds me how wise God is. We tend to solve everything with money. “If I had money,” we say, “I could pay this hospital bill; I could fix my broken car; I could, I could, I could.” But the money never comes. Could it be that God doesn’t answer our prayers in hopes that we will ask for what we really need?
This dear lady didn’t have much money, but the money she had was being eaten up by malaria month after month. After receiving a simple $3 bed from Compassion International and using it consistently at night, her fight with the disease gave way to health and more money in her pocket. Sure, before getting bed nets, having more money would have helped her go to a better hospital and receive better treatment. But month after month a miniscule insect would reduce her to a bedridden patient and drain her finances.
Enter Wisdom. The bed net, a cheap preventive measure against malaria, did more than money could ever do. It kept her and her child healthy and safe and ensured that her hard-earned money went to keeping food on the table. Today, mosquitoes can buzz around her all they want, but they can’t make her sick anymore.
This story makes me wonder how many of my prayers have not been answered because I have placed more value on money than on God’s wisdom. I recall the verse that says, “CHOOSE my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her” (Proverbs 8:10-11). So today, I am going to revisit all those prayers for more money I have prayed and ask God for my very own ‘bed net’ of wisdom instead. How about you? Choose wisely.
- Mercy Alarid is the Creative Arts Pastor of Passion Church. Mercy has a Master's degree in Education. Mercy is a member of the faculty of Central New Mexico Community College, where she is an instructor in the Education department. Mercy has been married to Brian for 17 years and they reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico with their 3 children: Chloe, Colin, and Lauren.