This last week has truly been a Romans 8:28 week for Emily and I. The Providence of God was really shining through as we continued in our journey together. Romans 8:28 says; And God causes all things to work together for the good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. It is truly amazing how he works things out in our lives for the good.
This instance started out one night as we were shopping at the local Wal-Mart Supercenter for some necessities. As we were standing in the check out line I noticed this fella in front that look quite familiar to me. I said to Emily, I think I did time in Lansing with this guy. Him and I made eye contact and he said, “You don’t have any hair brother.” I just laughed for a minute as I walked to him to shake his hand and give him a hug. I said brother, “God is so good.” He just smiled and said yes he is. We talked for a few to catch up with one another.
I asked him if he knew my friend Gary and he said as matter of fact I do. Gary and I and a few others travel to different churches doing drama skits in the name of the Lord. He gave me Gary’s phone number so I called him. It was really great to hear his voice. Gary and I go way back to when I first started doing time. Gary took me under his wing and I will leave it at that:)
Anyway, I called him and we got together one evening after I returned from taking Emily to the doctor’s office. We had a great conversation, and he filled me in on what he has been doing since his release. Then he told me they were going to be at the Methodist Church in Lyndon, KS this Sunday and that we should come to it. I told him that we would be there.
That morning we got ready and we traveled to Lyndon, KS not knowing what the Lord had in store. In a nutshell, it was a great service. The Holy Spirit was shining like I had never seen before. God’s children were so responsive to everything that was going on. It was truly amazing and truly divine.
The worship was so genuine my friends, and God’s children were so loving. Gary and the fellas did their skit on prayer and explained how it is a relationship between us and God. Then Gary gave the message on “RAGS”, simply conveying that only the Lord can take away the old filthy rags and give us new rags that clothe our heart.
He went on to explain how he became free in prison by illustrating John 8:32 which says; If ye shall know the truth, the truth shall set you free. And he used John 8:36 as well which says; So if the Son sets you free, you will indeed be free. It took me back in time for a minute, all I could see was a vision of the prison and how we use to run around together doing what we did and now we are in the same church many years later. The scope of it is unreal, I never would have thought I would see this day. God is so good, truly awesome and yet so wonderful.
The most amazing thing I seen that morning was at the end of the service when the Pastor asked if anyone would like to come down front and pray for these guys and their families please do so. I was in shock, the entire congregation came forth like a rushing mighty wind, I mean every one of them. I closed my eyes and said thank you God, thank you.
Then we all got together and took a few pictures. I will share one of them with you. I guess what I am trying to convey in this writing is that nothing is too big for God. I mean absolutely nothing!
God bless you all and I pray that His blessings rain upon you all your days.