Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Miracle of Protection

As I stepped into the street, after exiting the store, and headed towards the parking lot, a sudden gush of wind lifted the large, flattened boxes out of my shopping cart and slammed one of them into my face. Clink! One of the lenses fell out of my glasses and hit the ground. I ran after the boxes before the wind blew them away, and then my husband and I searched the pavement for the missing lens. We couldn’t find it.

Two people exited the store –- the Hispanic pastor and his wife that we had talked to while standing in line. They joined in the search, and the four of us kept looking and looking. Finally, my husband suggested I take the shopping cart with the boxes to the car, because they kept trying to blow out of the cart, and he and the two others would continue to search. As I turned, the pastor’s wife shouted, “I see it!” She bent down to a spot right next to my foot and picked up the lens. When she handed it to me, I had a strong feeling that she had been praying to find it.

Back at home, I carefully inspected the lens. It was in perfect condition – NOT a scratch on it. After wiping it clean, my husband popped the lens back into the frame and tightened the screw. The screw had surprisingly remained attached to the frame. It was then that I remember that the whole time we were looking for the lens, not a single car was on the normally busy road in front of the store. It wasn’t until the pastor’s wife slipped the lens into my hand that traffic started coming and we had to step out of the way. 

The Lord God not only protected my face and my glasses when the box slammed into me, but also kept back the traffic until we found the missing lens. And HE kept the lens from getting scratched. What an amazing God, Jesus Christ is! HE promises to watch over and protect those who trust in HIM, and HE did!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Miracle of Provision

Curating an art show is something I had never done before -- especially one where 25 frames needed to be purchased. Frames can be quite costly, even with discount coupons. Since coupons can only be used one-at-a-time, I expected many trips to different stores over the course of a week. But to my surprise, the Lord had something different in mind.

Before venturing out, I prayed over the list of frames that were needed, thanked Jesus Christ that HE was my Provider, and gave the task of finding the various quantities and different sizes to HIM. Then I asked the Lord what were the magnificent plans HE had for that day that HE wanted me to step into. I felt deep within that I should delight myself in the Lord and HE would give me the desires of my heart. Then the words, “Watch! See! See what the Lord does! You will be amazed!” popped into my mind.

My daughter volunteered to help me shop. Since we had only planned on getting some of the frames that day, I had a limited amount of money with me. We arrived at the first store and made our way to the back, where the frames were displayed. A huge sign, “Buy three frames for the price of one -- TODAY only!” greeted us. I couldn’t believe my eyes! This was incredible! We found every frame we needed, loaded them into two shopping carts, and purchased them for less than the money I had with me. And this was all done in one trip to one store! Thank you, Lord Jesus! You are an amazing God!

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