Only God can work through situations that seem impossible to human beings.
OK — maybe I am exaggerating. Maybe it was not an impossible Sunday. Still it was an unusual Sunday.
Yesterday, while I was attempting to preach, the following happened:
- The air conditioning stopped working. (Remember that I live in Texas and it is late May.) Fortunately, our very fine volunteer who takes care of many of our maintenance issues was dealing with it. At various times, I could see him walking around at the back. I could see another person walking around at the same time. Wasn’t sure if he was trying to help him or not.
- At one point, there was a loud noise behind me as the air conditioning attempted to turn on. (I just remember that this noise seemed to happen twice.)
- Somewhere in all of this there was a loud boom at the back. It happened twice. It seemed to come from behind a wall near one of our back rows. (I later learned that it came from the nursery where one of our toddlers kicked the wall.)
Finally, the message was over. Someone led a prayer during which three cell phones went off. Again, all of this is in one Sunday morning.
The morning ended and people stood around for a while talking. Just as Charlotte and I were getting ready to go home, a man stopped me near the stairs and said, "I want to tell you about a conversation that I just had." He went on to say that the message had deeply touched a woman he had been talking with and as a result she was planning to deal with a situation in her life in a very Christlike manner.
I know that God was at work. Only God could take that morning and redeem it for good. 🙂