I’ve been a bit preoccupied lately preparing for a move to north central Ohio. For those of you who don’t know, I have been called to be the Senior Pastor of the Grace Bible Church of Lucas, Ohio. (That’s three of my favorite words: “Grace” “Bible” and “Church”.) Because of these developments I have been a bit neglectful of my blog. Hang in there! There is more to come after I get settled a bit.
One confirmation for our decision to move came from our friends Gary and Cindy Underwood. They recently purchased a new van and graciously gave us their old one! It is a 2006 Honda Odyssey. What a blessing! Gary said that he had felt for some time that God wanted them to give the van to us. He received confirmation himself when he put new tires on the vehicle. He noticed that the new tires had fish symbols on them!
It is moments like these (the stresses involved with a move) that you discover the awesome power God has in creating order out of chaos. He indeed has our “good” in mind.
I found this hopeful reminder recently in my reading. May it remind you that our God is FOR us!
In the devotional book Voices of the Faithful, a missionary couple in South Africa tells of a local pastor in Uberaba who bought a van to transport people to church. To help make payments on the van, he removed the back seats and did delivery work through the week. But the van needed four new tires, and the pastor had no way of paying for them.
One night the van was stolen from the church property. Some of the church members tried to console the pastor by saying that perhaps it wasn’t God’s will for him to have the van. But he knew he needed the vehicle for God’s work, so he trusted the Lord to work it all for good.
A few days later, police officers from a nearby town called on him, saying the van had been located and the thief caught. Arriving at the police station, the pastor was surprised to find his vehicle sporting a new set of tires, new backseats, and a radio! He claimed the van, but told the police that the tires, seats and radio were not his. They must have been installed by the thief.
“Well, I guess that is the thief’s loss and your gain,” replied the police officer. The pastor now has a good van, fully equipped and freshly shod.”- Robert J. Morgan (The Promise, p. 95-96.)
Thank you, God for our new set of tires!