The God Who Provides

Storms passing through the Spa City one more time today.  It was pretty wild at the Gathering - trying to preach with the wind and rain pounding the building.  At one point I even asked, "Uh... is anyone else kinda nervous right now?"
I was thinking again about how God shows up, and things that may seem random start to make sense.

Last week the storms devastated much of the area. Tuesday evening some of our volunteers were scheduled to take a meal of BBQ & beans to the Charitable Christian Medical Clinic to feed approximately 50 people.  With the power being out the Clinic had to remain closed, so our team had all of this BBQ and beans on hand.

When they asked me if I knew of anything coming up we could use it for, I immediately thought of those out at Teen Challenge, which had been completely demolished by the tornadoes.  I called one of my friends at LakePointe Church, another congregation of Jesus-followers in town, because they have taken on helping to restore Teen Challenge as their personal project.  My friend immediately asked, "Wow!  Can the BBQ be lunch tomorrow?"

So, on Thursday, we sent enough BBQ and beans out to help feed 50 or so hungry people who were working hard to clean debris and restore hope - BBQ that we had intended for another purpose, but rendered useless, was restored and given a fresh direction!

Same mission, new direction.  I love when God does this stuff!  A good friend of mine made a comment to me about a year ago, "God is really blessing our church family!  I believe it is because for the first time, we are focused more on the needs of the community than on just doing things the way we like them."  May we keep that focus as we continually ask, "God what is Your vision for us," and live by the words of Jesus, "Not my will, but Yours be done."


Queenzilla said…
I love how our God does that with us: When we think we are intended for another purpose...or our choices render us useless...He restores us and gives us a fresh direction. I also love seeing THE church working together...I'm sure that makes our Father smile.

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