Fresh Hope – 3rd May 2017

We were entertaining special guests at our church a few weeks ago. They had flown in to speak for the weekend and we had just finished eating Sunday lunch together, so I dropped them back at the hotel so that they could have a quick rest before the next event that night.

As I was driving back home on my own, my wife phoned me and asked me to drop in to the local supermarket, as we urgently needed a few things for the next couple of days. We didn’t usually operate like that, but because of our busy schedule that weekend, we had not had time to shop.

As I dashed into the supermarket, I realised that a person that used to come to our church, was approaching from the right, and so we exchanged a quick hello and off we both went to shop. Several years earlier, this particular person had stood against when we started to build the new church, but thankfully we had both put it behind us and moved on.

It was not until I reached the cash till that I suddenly realised that I didn’t have my wallet with me. It suddenly dawned on me that I’d given it to my son in the restaurant so that he could pay the bill.

I quickly called Gillian and told her of my dilemma. In the mean time, an embarrassingly long queue had formed behind me, and was watching my frustration.

‘You’d better pray for a miracle’, Gillian said, as I made it clear that I would not come home without that shopping.

I let out a quick silent prayer, and there before my eyes was the person that I had bumped into earlier. Feeling prompted, I quickly walked over to them and explained my dilemma.
Within seconds, a credit card was being placed in the machine and my shopping was paid for. As I thanked the person and promised to be at their home later with the cash, they insisted that this was a gift and did not want any repayment at all.

Sometimes our miracles are hidden in the most unlikely places, with the most unlikely people.

It would have been so easy to have walked away and left my shopping at the till and returned home with nothing, but instead I chose to I believe that somewhere and somehow, God would supply my needs.

I wonder if you have written your problem off as a hopeless case just because you don’t see the miracle right in front of you, or have you decided that your impossibility is too big for God to handle?

Why not stop for a second right now and bring your request to God? Take your eyes off the problem, look up, and and wait for God to respond.

He’s more willing to provide, than you are willing to ask.

John 16:24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

Pastor Mark

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