So to continue from the last post, we had a good week at camp. I had decided to start living for God instead of myself. I remember telling God Thursday night at camp, “Ok, God, if you want me in the ministry, then I need help paying off this debt. I don’t know how I am going to do it, because it seems impossible.”
Friday morning we ate breakfast and started the long drive home to Indianapolis.
For a good portion of the way, I listened to a book on CD called Fourth Dawn by Bodie and Brock Thoene. It is a Christian fiction book set in the days of Herod the Great. The book talks about how the angel appeared to Zechariah and foretold the birth of John the Baptist. Then the angel appeared to Mary and foretold the birth of Christ. The phrase the Thoenes kept using was “is anything too hard for the Lord?” After listening to that all day, it got me thinking that maybe God can do something about my debt.
Saturday I had my devotional time of reading the Bible and prayer. I read Jeremiah 32, where Jeremiah buys a field. In that chapter, Jeremiah tells God, “Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You.” I mentioned this to Kim as strange, given the message I had heard on CD the day before.
I had to work Saturday overnight, and so I came home Sunday morning and went to bed. When I got up that afternoon, I went back to my regular Bible reading program which I had started the week before. I was supposed to read Genesis 15-18. When I got to chapter 18 and verse 14, I was shocked, because it covered the story of Sarah laughing at the thought of having a child in her old age. God responds to her in verse 14: “Is anything too difficult for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” I went to choir practice that afternoon, and church comes right after practice. The pianist started playing the prelude for the service, and it was the song, Nothing is Impossible and the chorus goes:
Nothing is impossible when you’re trusting in His Word.
Hearken to the voice of God to thee:
‘Is there anything too hard for Me?’
Then put your trust in God alone and rest upon His Word;
For ev’rything, O ev’rything,
Yes, ev’rything is possible with God.
Spooky, no? But that wasn’t the end of it. The preacher got up to speak, and I say preacher because it wasn’t my pastor, it was Chuck Phelps, my pastor’s old pastor from New Hampshire, who is now the President of Maranatha Baptist Bible College. He began his sermon on the need for revival. The first verse he quoted was Matthew 19:26, “And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”