Friday, June 22, 2012

He's in the details!

My guys loved to watch the television show The A-Team when they were young.  One of the characters would utter the line...
"I love when a plan comes together!"
...whenever things began to work in their favor.

That phrase has passed my smiling lips this week.

Though the weather has been oppressively hot and humid it can't touch the joy that envelopes me.

Songs of praise keep rising up in my heart and finding their way out of those same smiling lips.

I am planning the second annual barbecue for the guys at the rehab with a little help from my friends.  :)

This year contributions from local supermarkets is nonexistent.  As we calculated all that was needed to bring it all together to be able to bless the guys, it was easy to wonder if I had leaped before I looked.  The thought flitted through questioning whether God was in this or not.

In my heart of hearts I knew He was.  Each week He is evident as I visit with my friends.  He supplies the love and the words and knows just how to touch hearts.

Yet when everything doesn't line up you can wonder....

However, my philosophy is that I am to keep on going in the direction I believe He set me on until He shows me otherwise.

This past Sunday I had the opportunity to speak about the upcoming barbecue.  I mentioned that donations from the stores wasn't happening, as well as sharing what it was we specifically needed to bring it all together.

A number of people spoke with me afterward to volunteer a salad or a tent and even some clothing for the guys.  (We set up an area with clothing arrayed on tables, which the guys can "shop" through).

It was encouraging.  I felt Papa reassuring me that He was indeed in the details.
At that point I still didn't know where the meat and paper goods, etc was going to come from, but I wasn't worried.  Papa had it all in hand!

This Tuesday I received a call from our church secretary.  She wanted me to know that someone had made a donation for the barbecue and whatever else I needed for my rehab friends.

Then she told me the amount...five hundred dollars!
Oh my!  The One who owns the cattle on a thousand hills was at it again!

Of course, I do not need all of that money for the barbecue, even though they will now be eating steak!  :)
The rest will go toward the Christmas party we hold for them.

This brings two specific Bible verses to mind.
It is found in the Third chapter of Ephesians, verses Twenty and Twenty-One.
Care to quote them with me?

"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.  Amen"

Oh, how I love when Papa brings a plan together!

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