One tiny piece of plaster. A piece about the size of your pinky nail.
What if I told you that this one itty, bitty piece of plaster left over from a construction job was directly responsible in providing a person with hope and peace?
Seems unlikely doesn’t it? Open your heart and listen to this testimony about God’s subtle way of working in people’s lives and you be the judge.
Earlier this week, the church copier began making strange noises and folding the corner of pages. The pastor asked me to call the copier company to have them come and look at it. I called and made the appointment, but the appointment was on a day/time that I don’t normally go to the church. On a normal Thursday, I would have been at a lady’s prayer meeting. But this week there was a sudden change of plans resulting in the prayer meeting being cancelled.
Luckily the repairman found the culprit; a tiny piece of plaster stuck inside the copier. It was a hmmm moment that I shrugged off almost immediately. You see, our church had recently undergone construction work because of a flood. It didn’t dawn on me that the construction had been complete for weeks and that the copier was covered in plastic during the entire construction project. Stranger things have happened so I thought nothing else of it.
When the repairman left, I was working on making the church bulletin. I had become totally engrossed on a project that was supposed to be simple. I knew it wouldn’t take too much time and was thankful that the repairs were done so early. I thought about leaving as soon as I could, I had other things I wanted to do. Time seemed to have slipped by and the next thing I knew it was lunch time. But even then I realized I had other things to do and couldn’t leave just yet. Even more curious, I remembered to print forms for the new month, a task I seem to forget EVERY month.
I was working hard and fast, almost ready to go home and then I hear the church doorbell ring. I wondered who it could be. When I got to the front door I saw a man on a gardener’s cart about the size of an ATV, but he was getting ready to leave. It was odd that he just rang the doorbell and was leaving within seconds of doing so. I opened the door wondering if there was something he needed. He asked for the pastor but it was just me there. He then told me that he was wondering if we could pray for him and his wife.
I stopped to listen and he sensed this was the time to talk. Apparently he was on his lunch and decided to come down to the church to see if the pastor could pray for him. His eyes started to tear up as he told me that he’s been having a strong urge to come to church. He maintains the median grounds on the street by the church. During his work day he passes by the church several times. He felt a pull to our church so the night before he had planned on stopping by to see if the pastor could pray for him and his family. He also mentioned that his granddaughter all of the sudden told him that she wanted to go to church.
He began to cry as he told me that things were tough in his family, there were a lot of things going on. This urging to go to church had only increased. I could tell he earnestly feels the desire to become closer to God. He talked about how his co-workers aren’t Christians and it’s just hard to live for God when you feel alone. Him and his wife have been watching Christian programming but they knew they needed to find a church to attend.
The Holy Spirit used me to understand this tug he felt. I felt compelled to tell him NOT to ignore the calling he felt in his heart. I encouraged him to come, told him a little about our church and the people inside. As we talked I could see hope and peace come over him. I felt as though he committed in his heart to come to church and follow God’s will. When we were finished with our conversation I walked back to my office with tears in my eyes. I knew without a shadow of a doubt that this was a divine appointment from God.
I began to think about all of the little things that lead to that one moment in time, a time when a soul in need took a step of bravery to knock on the door of God’s house. What if the lady’s prayer meeting hadn’t been cancelled? What if I had not taken the time to do some of the other projects that I did? Why did it take weeks for that piece of plaster to cause an issue? How did that plaster get in there in the first place? There was only one answer – God was intricately weaving events for HIS purpose.
God is amazing and he does amazing things in ways that seem impossible or insignificant in our eyes. God’s word is full of examples of his greatness and how he can take something so small and glorify it for his purpose. Take a look at your life and focus on events that just seemed a little bizarre but the end result was something good. Even what we feel is a disaster can end up being the best thing that ever happened to us. It could take days, months or years to notice the positive outcome from the hardships we faced. Sometimes we may never see the good that comes from events in our life, but trust God will use it for his glory.
Sometimes things happen in our lives that just seem insignificant to us, but when God reveals his hand within the matter it makes us realize just how great he really is. God can do all things and he is working in our lives even when we don’t think he is. Blessings are poured out even during our mundane tasks, sometimes even during our distress. Outreaches can happen when we least expect it, we can become a positive influence on someone in ways we would’ve never imagined.
Pay attention. Listen to the spirit. Heed God’s direction in your life.
Know that God hears your prayers, know that God is working within you and through you.
Open your eyes to ALL that God has done and ALL that he can do – allow him to work through you.
Have faith in God’s work
Have peace knowing that God IS with you all the time.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;”
Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 ESV
“I am God, and there is none like me,
declaring the end from the beginning
and from ancient times things not yet done.”
“Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
his understanding has no limit.”