Sometime back, Bette Midler sang a song referencing God. In her song she inferred that God looked on from a “distant” place. I got to thinking about that, and how incredibly false that statement is! God looks on alright; but God cares about anything and everything that concerns His creation. So often people can think that “no one cares” – especially God. Well, I am here to tell you that God does care, and He cares immeasurably.
Many years ago, in the early stages of one of our Teen Challenge centers, we didn’t have a lot of food sources. Just like now, we were grateful for everything we would get, but back then we often didn’t have a lot of variety. Don’t get me wrong, we never went hungry. During this time, a wonderful donor donated pallets of Vienna sausages and we also had a chicken coop that provided us with eggs. Besides a few veggies, and miscellaneous items that was about it for a season. So we ate those little bite size wienies morning, noon, and night. We fried them, boiled them, baked them and ate them straight out of the can! To be candid, I haven’t eaten any since. At lunch one day, as over twenty of us sat around the TC tables, one of the students had a question: “Do you think it would be wrong if we prayed for pizza? I’m grateful for the sausages, but I would really like some pizza!” I told her that there was nothing wrong with asking God for pizza; and told her to lead out in prayer. She did just that. She told God how thankful she was for the roof over her head, that she was safe, and that she had food in her belly. She then asked that if it wasn’t being greedy, that she would love to have some pizza. We all said “Amen”. The day wore on; we went about the tasks at hand; and eventually sat down for dinner – and yes, it included Vienna Sausages. No pizza. A few hours later the door bell rang. I immediately thought, “who would be driving up here at this hour?” I opened the door and asked the gentleman who rang the door bell if I could help him. He said, “I’m a youth pastor.” I said, “Okay, can I help you?” He then went onto say that he had a youth event and no one showed. I told him that I was sorry to hear that and again asked if I could help him. He told me that I didn’t understand… because no one showed, he had a van load of PIZZA…. But not just pizza. He also had the makings for root-beer floats, with all the trimmings!
That night we feasted on pizza; chased down by root-beer floats. You might think there was a lot of laughing and carrying on at the table – there wasn’t. I looked around tables, I saw precious students with tears flowing down their faces. They just couldn’t get over the fact that God cared enough to send them pizza! For some, that night was an “ah-ha” moment. They began to see that God cares about anything that matters to us. Amazing! The God who created the universe cared about a little prayer prayed by a young Christian – a prayer that some may have said was insignificant.
Recently, I had another divine intervention. A wonderful women’s ministry group had a “purse shower” for our ladies. This is where they went out and bought purses and filled them with items that would bless the ladies. They also included little notes of encouragement to further bless them. Since I knew this was going to happen, I prayed. I prayed that there would be enough purses, not only for our students, but for our staff. Our staff works so hard, always going above and beyond and I so wanted to see them be blessed as well. The exact number of purses needed came in – not one more, not one less – the exact number! I am still praising God. Not only that, some of the notes were so personally directed to certain students, you had to know that they were Holy Spirit led. I had several students come to me: “How did they know?” “This was just for me!” Amazing! We sure serve a God who is up close and personal. If we think He is at a “distant place”, it isn’t God who has moved!
In closing out this little blog, I want to make one point clear: God always answers our prayers. He answers yes, no, or wait. And God always has His reasons and our best interest at heart when He answers our prayers. There will be a lot of circumstances come our way that we just don’t understand; but there is one thing we can be sure of… God does understand! God does care! God is in charge – not man! And He will never allow anything more than we can bear. I love the scripture: Prov. 3:5&6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not unto your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”