The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Just Like Him"
Last week, I mentioned that our car had broken down on a busy street. The Lord measured the challenge in many ways, and took great care of me in what could have been a dangerous situation. I was particularly blessed by the young man from the towing company who handled the matter with a great attitude and much skill in a difficult spot.
I did not mention in last week's message that I would have liked to have tipped the young man, but had no cash in my wallet that day. I mentioned this and apologized. He smiled and said it was no problem. It was to me, however. I like to tip people when appropriate, and when they do a good job with a good attitude. I told him as we parted ways that I would put in a good word for him on the Internet website of the Auto Club to which we belong. I did so, and have also been putting in a good word with the Lord for him in prayer since last week.
Yesterday morning, I received a call from the Auto Club. "Mr. Davis, we want to thank you for the review you left on our website. We also want you to know we are sending a gift card to the employee of the towing company who helped you. We appreciate it when the people who contract with us do a good job." I was thrilled to hear this, of course, which seemed to me yet another indication of how involved our Heavenly Father has been in this episode of our lives. When I asked the Lord to bless the young man in some special way because I had no cash for a tip, I never dreamed He would orchestrate a bigger reward than I would have likely bestowed. "That's just like You!" I said to the Lord with much gratitude.
It was just like Him, of course. As the Apostle Paul wrote, our Father works in ways "exceeding, abundantly above all that we ask or think" (Ephesians 3:20). The Lord Jesus Christ purchased an infinite abundance of grace for us on the cross of Calvary. Eternity will not suffice in exhausting such blessing made possible by His great loss. Thus, we do well to join David in the anticipation he affirmed, "My expectation is from Him" (Psalm 62:5). Amid the blessings and challenges of life, we must plant and nurture within our hearts the conviction that our Lord purposes to work in ways that reveal His goodness, be it in obvious blessing or through challenging trials. "The Lord is good to all, and His tendermercies are over all His works" (Psalm 145:9).
Sometimes, the car breaks down on busy streets. Sometimes, the challenge involves lesser or greater difficulties. Whatever the case, born again believers in the Lord Jesus live in the realm of "good to all" and "tendermercies… over all." Difficulties tempt us to forget or ignore the reality. If, however, we will respond to the Holy Spirit's dynamic presence and working in all things, glories await us in ways that will confirm the wonder of God's involved presence in all things. It is indeed just like Him to reveal His glory in ways we must expect, but which will surprise us with abundance of grace nonetheless.
"I will look for Him."
"When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee."
Weekly Memory Verse
Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.