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Even when we miss it … God is Good!

Hearing God’s voice as we go … to be in His Presence as we walk out our every day life, to hear and step in time, in tune, with His heart beat is surely one of life’s greatest pleasures and delights …

Even when we are listening … even when we hear … we can still miss the mark … He loves us thoroughly, regardless …

Last Friday I placed an order for fruit and vegetables.  As I did felt an inclination to place an order for some friends that were due to return from being overseas the same weekend …

I emailed a query about delivery times, our delivery cycle was for Tuesday, their area was for a Thursday and so I used “logic” to figure I must have heard wrong, since by Thursday these friends would well and truly be home from holidays and would be organised enough to have their supplies in the fridge … I also figured I could place the order later since their cut off time was a few days later than when I was ordering, so I figured I had time …

Yesterday, the following Thursday morning I sent a text message to my friend and received a text back saying she was ill, and had no food in the house and had done no shopping …

I instantly felt a pang of regret …

I texted back I would pray and with a full day scheduled I rang the organic company knowing full well that the cut off date was past and that they would be packing their boxes, for their last day of delivery before the Christmas break of a month … it would be a miracle to be able to arrange a box of produce!

I rang, explained my dilemma.  Thankfully they related, since they are Christians, and promised to do their best, but that they had really only bought enough produce for the current order cycle since they were shutting after this run for Christmas … I prayed for a multiplication of food and waited …

About an hour later, I received a call and was told they had enough for a small box of produce with a few extras …

So, I arranged for the delivery.

The family that received the box were delighted, but I still apologised to them for missing the mark … I knew I had needed to order a bigger box, not delay the obedience, but to hear and obey, and so they had not received their full blessing …

The moral of the story … even when we listen, and hear … we can still miss God’s voice, His will.  My role is to be obedient, not “logical”, because we really do not know what is going on in other peoples’ lives … our choice to obey immediately, or not, can impact others dramatically …

Now yes, I acknowledge that this was not a life and death situation like the bus full of children story, but still …we are a body and we need to support one another … we need to listen and obey … for …

… if you love Me, you will obey [Me] … (John 14:15)

I could have erred on generosity, rather than logic (I’d rather “miss it” and err on the side of generosity and kindness) … if we believe we hear from Him, and we all do, and if we feel we are being asked to do something that resonates with His character of loving kindness, generosity, abundance, encouraging, uplifting …then we cannot go far wrong …

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12)

And, as a body we need one another … with Christ as the head

From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Ephesians 4:16)

So we need to obey, we need to encourage one another, bless one another, up hold one another … in the natural and in the spiritual with prayer … and if we do the unity and love that we show for one another will radiate His glory for …

God is Good!

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A reminder that we are all called to arms … obedience in stopping for the one

I was walking home from kindy with 4-year-old M.  As we waited at the railway tracks for a train to pass I saw an elderly couple waiting on the other side of the track – the husband had his arm in a huge bandage … and I knew I was to offer to pray, but I did not want to …

I tried to ignore the prompting.  I was tired, had a dreadful halo of pain right around my temple which made speaking very painful and wanted to get home to get M fed and settled for a quiet activity so I could sit.  God had other plans …

I walked past them, and felt the prompting come even stronger, so I stopped, turned, got M off the railway track and wait as I ran across the road after them.  I called out “excuse me” and they eventually stopped and turned to look at me… I thought “should have just stopped them before when I first saw them … would have been easier”.

I quickly introduced myself and explained that I was a Christian and offered to pray, explaining that I had seen arms healed with prayer.  The wife looked pleased, and the gentleman quickly said yes that would be great.  I quickly found out what was wrong and found out their names.

M waited on the other side of the road for me, and I prayed, inviting the Holy Spirit to come.  I told the torn tendons to mend, and for all carpel tunnel to leave, for all damage done from the surgery to be healed in Jesus name.  I felt the anointing and I asked the gentleman if he felt anything, explaining that he may feel heat, coolness, tingles etc. 

He looked at me and said he felt tingles and warmth.  I said that was God’s healing power and asked him to tell me when the feeling lifted and I prayed again, blessing what the Holy Spirit was doing and asking for more.  The gentleman then said that the sensation lifted and so I thanked them for stopping and allowing me to pray …

They both thanked me – they were Christians and had whole heartedly agreed with all I had prayed and said about God and healing.

I will not know if he was healed.  They were strangers – most of the people I stop for are strangers that I may never see again and so I have to trust that God has it all in hand … I know I must stop in obedience, regardless of me and my own world happenings …

I noted the irony that it was another arm … a reminder that we have all been called to arms and so I encourage all, regardless of circumstances, to listen for God’s soft promptings and stop for the one He puts before you … you may never know the outcome in this life, but if we will just stop in obedience for the one, then together we will impact the world in a dramatic way …

If it took just 120 in the upper room to impact the world for God, then imagine what just a portion of the body of Christ could do … if we would just listen and obey … for His word says …

If you love me, you will obey my commandments … (John 14:15 NIV 1984)

And if we obey Him, His commandment, stepping out in obedience in response to is voice, without fear and question, then I know, without a doubt, that the world will be impacted for the better for …

God is Good!

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