The Glasses

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
August 13, 2002

Mother’s father worked as a carpenter. On this particular day, he was building some crates for
the clothes his church was sending to some orphanage in China. On his way home, he reached into his shirt pocket to find his glasses, but they were gone. When he mentally replayed his earlier actions, he realized what happened; the glasses had slipped out of his pocket unnoticed and fallen into one of the crates, which he had nailed shut. His brand new glasses were heading for China!

The Great Depression was at it’s height and Grandpa had six children. He had spent $20 for those glasses that very morning. He was upset by the thought of having to buy another pair. “It’s not fair,” he told God as he drove home in frustration. “I’ve been very faithful in giving of my time and money to your work, and now this.”

Several months later, the director of the orphanage was on furlough in the United States. He wanted to visit all the churches that supported him in China, so he came to speak one Sunday at my grandfather’s small church in Chicago. The missionary began by thanking the people for their faithfulness in supporting the orphanage. “But most of all,” he said, “I must thank you for the glasses you sent last year. You see, the Communists had just swept through the orphanage, destroying everything, including my glasses. I was desperate. Even if I had the money, there was simply no way of replacing those glasses.  Along with not being able to see well, I experienced headaches every day, so my coworkers and I were much in prayer about this. Then your crates arrived. When my staff removed the covers, they found a pair of glasses lying on top.

The missionary paused long enough to let his words sink in. Then, still gripped with the wonder of it all, he continued: “Folks, when I tried on the glasses, it was as though they had been custom-made just for me! I want to thank you for being a part of that.”

The people listened, happy for the miraculous glasses. But the missionary surely must have confused their church with another, they thought. There were no glasses on their list of items to be sent overseas.  But sitting quietly in the back, with tears streaming down his face, an ordinary carpenter realized the Master Carpenter had used him in an extraordinary way.

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  1. It’s amazing how God answers prayer. We look at something as an accident but God’s hand is guiding and answering desperate prayer! Praise God!


  2. I LOVE this story. Two men who both saw God more clearly 🙂


  3. Kris said:

    I have heard this story before and I will rack my brain to remember where I heard it first originally. I’m pretty sure it was in a book with a source….NOW…..which book?


  4. Another wonderful story…especially with the reference to the “Master Carpenter”.


  5. What an amazing display of Gods improbable provisions! Thank you so much for sharing a great God timing! 🙂


  6. mafe said:

    very inspiring! Truly our God is working for the good of all His people. 🙂 God bless you!


  7. Divine Providence enabling rich and poor to see eye to eye. God bless!


  8. God’s perfect plan should ever be questioned by our mortal imperfect minds !! Excellent example with this story !!

    Blessings in Christ, bruce


  9. I am always amazed at how God works. A friend of mine had something similar happen to him. He was organizing Christmas gifts for kids in Africa and having them shipped to their contact in country. The missionary (in Africa) asked the kids what they would like and one little girl kept asking for one thing…a doll. The missionary knew that the things being sent were amenities like toothbrushes and toothpaste. But he simply said, “We should ask God for this.” When the gifts arrived the missionary was amazed. In with all the other things was one doll…just like the little girl wanted and had asked God for. The biggest proof that God had worked in this was that the ‘supplies’ took 3 months to reach the missionary since they had to be sent via shipping container on a freight ship from the states. God always knows what He’s doing.


  10. Iamrcc said:

    That little phrase “God works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform” is ever so true. Thank you for visiting and the like of my post “Water Drops My Polka Dots”.


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