In 1994, a friend visited Israel, and put my name on a prayer in the Temple Wall. She prayed for me and other friends to be able to go there one day. When she told me that, I was impressed, but still didn't have a desire to go. I also could not imagine, even in my wildest dreams, that I would make the trip.
In the fall of 1995, I attended a ladies Sunday School class, where we had a visiting teacher who encouraged us to go with her on a ladies-only trip to Israel. She told us to put our names on a list to sign up. I didn't sign up, and she asked me why. I said, "I'd like to travel, but Israel has never been somewhere I want to go. Plus I don't have the money."
Recently divorced, I struggled to make ends meet for my teenage daughter and myself, so travel was out of the question. I laughed when she said, "Put your name on the list, Gail, and if the L-rd wants you to go, He will give you the money." I was intrigued, so I put my name down, but didn't expect G-d to give me $3000.00
To my surprise, about six months later, I received a tax refund for a little over $3000.00. Believe me, I was shocked. Immediately, I thought of the trip, but didn't sign up. I had a multitude of bills to pay, and with a teenage daughter, lots of other expenses seemed to take priority. I spent the money almost as fast as I received it. Soon afterward, I felt convicted about using my Israel money for bills. I prayed, "Father, you know my situation and the bills I needed to pay. I should have trusted you for the money for the bills , so please forgive me. If you want me to go to Israel, please give me another $3,000.00."
Would you believe, He did? Within a month, my rental house tenant moved out, and I put the house on the market for sale. That house sold in one week. This was incredible because I had tried to sell it a couple of years earlier with no success. I remember crying to G-d, saying, "Father, you know I need to sell this house. Why aren't meeting my need?" Well, He definitely knew best. This time, I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was supposed to go to Israel, and paid for the trip immediately.
I went to Israel in the fall of 1996, and the things I saw and experienced there changed my life. I will continue this story.