It’s amazing how God can give you exactly what you need just when you need it most. Think of Moses standing facing the Red Sea while Pharaoh’s army was thundering down on his people at the back. He was literally caught between the “devil and the deep blue sea” wasn’t he? The water didn’t need to be opened one minute before God told Moses to raise his hand holding the rod and the sea would open before them. It was the moment of crisis that brought the miracle. My dad told us stories about how many miracles God did for him and for our family and most of them seem to be of the last-minute variety!
One particular time comes to mind as I sit here in front of three white Christmas trees with lights changing color from red, to white, then green, now red AND green, changing to blue and starting over again because this story took place another Christmas time when my parents were on the “evangelistic trail” and got stuck in South Georgia where there last revival had just ended. There were bills that needed to be paid, the little trailer daddy pulled on the back of the old Studebaker wasn’t a proper place for his wife and baby to stay in with no heat out in the woods. He was walking in those woods and praying, knowing that no church wants to start a revival during the holidays and put them off until later in January. There was a small motel close to where we were and daddy had made friends with the owners because they had visited some of the services and while he was praying the lady of the house came out and yelled into the woods that there was a call for him. Daddy said he whistled, and believe me that whistle could cut iron it was so sharp, to let her know he heard her and started back in toward the motel office. On the phone was a minister from Fort Mill, SC and as my dad had never met him he was totally surprised as the minister told him, “I have heard so much about all the wonderful things that are happening in your revivals and my church needs one so bad. Is there any possible way you could come right now and start Sunday?” Last minute yes but it happened right when he needed a place to go so he could bring help to those in need and in turn they would put food on his families table. That revival lasted for 10 weeks and the whole third shift at the Mill had come to the revival and had all given their hearts to God.
Philippians 4:19 “You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus.”
Psalm 37:25-26 “I once was young, now I’m a graybeard—not once have I seen an abandoned believer, or his kids out roaming the streets. Every day he’s out giving and lending, his children making him proud.”
All the times my dad wouldn’t take a salary from a church because it was struggling to pay bills somehow it would happen that money would come by delivery man, by US Postal or someone would bring food to our house and we never had to do without because my parents gave to the Lord, never.
This is the time of the year when we all worry about where or how the money will come to do the things we need to do and if it were in my power to do it I would help every one of you reading this right now. I can’t do that but this one thing I can do and that is to agree with you in prayer that your needs and the needs of your family will be met according to His riches.
This morning as I was waking from sleep God sent an angel to me to give me a word, it was Patience, which made me remember that was the last word my grandfather ever gave to me, the week he died. He spoke with great authority and said “Patience my dear you must have patience and wait on God.” Oh how I had heeded his warning at the time, but it is never too late to do the right thing, is it? SO I am passing it on to you. I agree with you in prayer that God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory and that you and yours will have a very Merry Christmas!