Friday, June 24, 2011

Miracles happen.

This trip has been different than our previous visits. We are growing and changing in the way we relate to the church in Nakuru. Our confidence in our purpose is growing as God sends His messengers to validate His word to us. During our 8 months at home in Rose Creek we were dealt with and built up. We learned from other missionaries like Steve Saint ( . We’re learning what to do but, more importantly, what not to do. We have no desire to come and bring our ways to this foreign culture. God works in many ways and is not limited like we are. He has prepared the hearts of the people here. It will take much courage for them to stand up for what they believe and become the people of God in Nakuru.
One thing we are doing is after breakfast each morning we read from Oswald Chamber’s My Utmost for His Highest. We talk and pray before we go about the business of the day. This morning we talked about what happened on the way back from Nairobi. Our close call in the accident could have been such a tragedy. I believe miracles happen to show us the compassion of God towards us. What we experienced was no less than a miracle. So often we doubt the working of a miracle because they come in such subtle ways. We talked about our thoughts and feelings during the moments of the accident. Traffic was heavy and even in the best of circumstances we are usually on the edge of our seats (as close as you can get with a seatbelt onJ) because of the different ‘style’ of driving here.

George was overtaking a semi truck on a 4 lane highway. Usually the vehicle being overtaken will slow down for the overtaking vehicle. The truck didn’t slow down. Now in front of us was a petrol tank semi truck. George said he didn’t want to get too close to the petrol truck so he cut it too close with the semi he was passing. Our van clipped the left front of the truck taking our rear bumper off and doing damage to the semi’s head light. Noah said he thought we could have easily flipped the van and if George had put on brakes or swerved we would’ve hit the petrol truck.
As I watched the scene from the back seat, I felt anxiety as he started to pass. I didn’t think he could make it and I noticed the petrol truck. This is the only time I have felt seriously anxious in traffic. I said a prayer, then I felt a sense of calm in the midst of the storm. When we collided with the truck we all felt the protection of angels. That very morning before we left, Tabach had prayed for “protection of angels in traffic today”.

I didn’t know how George would react but God gave him so much grace. He pulled over and went to talk to the driver of the truck we hit. This man was very upset. George was very calm. He helped the driver to calm down and they discussed a solution. At first the man wanted to call the police. That is not the best way to go here. You can easily have to sit in jail until the insurance company settles the issue. They made an agreement to settle by George paying the damages and making a written agreement. The man called him the next day to thank him for keeping his word. He had heard tales of bad outcomes from other truck drivers and was grateful for an honest man.

We are thankful and so needful of the prayers you pray for us. God is hearing and answering. Keep praying.

I read this today by David Wilkerson. It inspired me to look for the miracles of God in everyday life. I hope it will inspire you too.

by David Wilkerson

You may be in the middle of a miracle right now and simply not see it. It may be that you are waiting for a miracle. You’re discouraged because things seem to be at a standstill. You do not see any evidence of God’s supernatural work on your behalf.

Consider what David says in Psalm 18: “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears. Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken…. There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured…. He bowed the heavens also, and came down…. The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice…He sent out his arrows…he shot out lightnings”
(Psalm18:6-9, 13-14).

You have to realize, none of these things literally happened. It was all something that David saw in his spiritual eye. Beloved, that is faith. It’s when you believe God has heard your cry, that he hasn’t delayed, that he isn’t ignoring your petition. Instead, he quietly began your miracle immediately when you prayed, and even now he’s doing supernatural work on your behalf. That is truly believing in miracles, his marvelous progressive work in our lives.

David understood the foundational truth beneath it all: “He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me” (Psalm 18:19). David declared, “I know why the Lord is doing all this for me. It’s because he delights in me.”

I truly believe in instantaneous miracles. God is still working glorious, instant wonders in the world today. In Matthew 16:9-11 and Mark 8:19-21, as Jesus reminds the disciples of the miraculous feeding of the 5,000 and the 4,000, he is asking them and us to take note of his progressive miracles and their role in our own lives today.

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