Posted by: mikenicholsblog | September 12, 2013

a touch of laughter

Have you ever noticed how our lives become so very serious? Even messages proclaimed from our churches and articles written by people like me can focus too often on trials and difficulties, and present words that are very solemn. Sometimes I just need a breath of sunshine, a touch of laughter and a sense of WOW. Since I felt it was time to lighten up in an article; today I am submitting a WOW story that I first heard and wrote about in 2009. So as you read the following words; take a deep breath, laugh a little and be reminded of God’s power to give us WOW moments.

Saturday Night-WOW

“On a Saturday night several weeks ago, this pastor was working late, and decided to call his wife before he left for home. It was about 10:00pm, but his wife didn’t answer the phone.

The pastor let the phone ring many times. He thought it was odd that she didn’t answer, but decided to wrap up a few things and try again in a few minutes. When he tried again she answered right away. He asked her why she hadn’t answered before, and she said that it hadn’t rung at their house. They brushed it off as a fluke and went on their merry ways.

The following Monday, the pastor received a call at the church office, which was the phone that He’d used that Saturday night. The man that he spoke with wanted to know why he’d called on Saturday night. The pastor couldn’t figure out what the man was talking about. ‘Then the man said it rang and rang, but I didn’t answer.’ The pastor remembered the mishap and apologized for disturbing him, explaining that he’d intended to call his wife.

The man said, ‘That is OK. Let me tell you my story. You see I was planning to commit suicide on Saturday night, but before I did, I prayed, ‘God if you’re there, and you don’t want me to do this, give me a sign now.’ At that point my phone started to ring. I looked at the caller ID, and it said, ‘Almighty God’… I was afraid to answer!’

The reason it showed on the man’s caller ID as ‘Almighty God’ is because the church that the pastor attends is called Almighty God Tabernacle!!”

I don’t know the origination of the story, or if it actually happened. It came as a forwarded message from my wife, which is the only reason I read it. But do I believe my Father might just step into someone’s Saturday night that way? Absolutely! Has your faith become so diminished and dull that the expectation for supernatural intervention is like “yeah, right”? ‘Almighty God’ may not show up on your caller ID, but the Almighty knows just how you need Him to show up. With a yielded heart, grow daily; with an expectant heart, pray fervently; and with a trusting heart, understand that God will intervene in your world as He chooses. Let Jeremiah give us a great perspective of our powerful God.

Jeremiah 32:17
Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.

I don’t know how God may need to intervene in your life. But if your caller ID ever says ‘Almighty God’ … answer! Nothing is too hard for Him, and He knows just when to call.


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