Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Orange Moon Cafe "The Grace of the Moment"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe...


  "The Grace of the Moment"  


  Yesterday, as I began to pray for the people of a retirement community where we have conducted thousands of services over the last seventeen years, I received a phone call from the activities director.  "We would like you to come back and resume the meetings" she requested.  Allow me to reiterate: the call came as I began to pray for the very people with whom we have met for so long, and will now meet again.


    "Before they call, I will answer" (Isaiah 65:42).


    You can imagine the overwhelming wonder of the moment.  The suspension of our ministry in the last four months has saddened us deeply, while also pressing us to trust in God's providential determinations and allowances in all things.  We have missed so many people in so many places who minister to us far more than we minister to them.  The resumption of fellowship thrills us with the prospect of once again experiencing the Lord Jesus Christ with brothers and sisters in Him who share the wonder of so great and glorious a Savior.  "O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker" (Psalm 95:6).


    The specific and pointedly applied grace of the moment  thrilled me beyond all measure.  It would have been one thing to have prayed and then later received the call to return.  To hear the phone ring even as the prayer began?  I am sure you feel with me the enormity of our Heavenly Father's wondrous timing.  "My times are in Thy hand" (Psalm 31:15).  Such things do not happen often in our walk with the Lord.  They happen enough, however, and every believer experiences those moments when God becomes so tangibly revealed it seems we can reach out and touch Him.  Or, as I have often said to our Lord, "Sometimes, Heavenly Father, You so reveal Yourself, it makes it difficult to walk by faith!" :):)

    We look forward to the resumption of fellowship and ministry with our dear friends.  And I will always look back upon a moment of grace when a prayer and a phone call confirmed yet again the gracious involvement of the Lord Jesus as He personally and perfectly orders the grace of the moment.


"I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD."

(Psalm 122:1)


Memory Verse

   "Of Thine own have we given Thee."

 (I Chronicles 29:14)












































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