Sunday, March 22, 2015
Glory Be To God
This one may be a little long but there is a lot to tell. Last night, I was driving a bit later than I really wanted to but as I have said, I am not the one in control here. I was really tired and ran a bit off the road in the rain. That convinced me to stop at the next available place but I seemed to be way out in the country. As it turned out, the next available place was very close. I pulled into the church you see in the picture below, Praise Life Ministries, Pentecostal Worship in the small community of Grand Ridge, FL. Within a few minutes a car pulled up with Jim and Lynn, the pastor and his wife. When I told them who I was and what I was doing, they were very sweet and assured me I was welcome to stay the night. I asked them if I could attend morning worship with them as well. They let me know church started at 10. A few minutes after they left a county policeman pulled up. It seems a neighbor called them. He telephoned the pastor and was very nice. He said he would check on me again if he got the chance and to make sure I was OK. Then another gentleman pulled up and went in the church. His name was Robbie and after a while he came out to let me know he had set up spot for me in the church to spend the night. I showed him my van and declined his offer as I was very comfortable where I was. He explained that the pastor had called him and they had prayed and determined to take care of whatever needs I might have. He told me he had prayed about it and felt God had sent me there for a reason. After giving me his phone number and instructions to call if I needed anything, he left and told me he was looking forward to seeing me in the morning. I told him I also was looking forward to the morning and attending his church. Honestly, I felt so much love from these 4 people I had just met.
This morning, Robbie showed up at church before anyone else. He explained that the pastor had recently had surgery and wasn't feeling well. Usually if that was the case, the pastor's son took over for him, but he was out of town. He said that he and the pastor had decided at God's direction that if I was in agreement, I should stand in for them and relay my message for the morning service. Needless to say, I was again amazed at the way God is working in my life as He so obviously wants me to get my message out. It was a small gathering but it seems, though I felt unworthy of this honor, I was well received. They were all sweet and wonderful people and they seemed to understand that love for God and love for our neighbors is the key to coming to know God. I left them with smiles, handshakes, hugs, and a promise to return if I came back through the area. It was a wonderful experience indeed. Praise God in all His Glory. His love and His grace sustain me and protect me and I fear nothing with Him leading my way.
After the church I only made it 12 miles to Marianna, Florida, and I felt compelled to stop here. I rested and relaxed on this beautiful rainy Sabbath day. We will see what tomorrow holds.
Just a side note here. My dog Baxter as you know is with me. He has always been a wonderful and sweet dog but this trip seems to have changed him. He is more obedient than he has ever been. He walks beside me, often untethered, and as of yet has made no attempt to run off even with the sighting of a squirrel, cat, or another dog. He almost seems to think he has become my protector. It is just a joy to have him with me and everyone who meets him just seems to fall in love with him. He is a wonderful companion. I coming to think he is not my dog as much as I am his human.
My love and God's blessings to all of you. Again, please feel free to comment below. I would dearly love to hear from you.