What an amazing God we serve. For our service yesterday at Three Lakes Community Bible Church, we had the privilege and honor of hearing from the first missionary our church supported financially. She has now been on the field for some thirty years, serving in Pakistan and Afghanistan. What a joy to hear how she has left “footprints for our Shepherd” in some very difficult places in which to minister. We drove to the Kalispell airport (100 miles from Libby) to pick up our missionary. She stayed Friday and Saturday nights with a family from our church. She needed to be back at the airport at 5 a.m. Monday morning and we were wondering what would be the best way to get her there. Someone offered to take her over Sunday evening and get her a motel with shuttle service to the airport.
Well, unknown to us, God had it all worked out way ahead of time. Visiting at church Sunday was Clarke from Alaska who had come to Libby for the funeral of his wife’s sister. His wife also passed away this past year, as had her dad. Anyway, Clarke and his sister, Judith, who attends one of our Bible studies, came to church Sunday. In visiting with Clarke, I asked when he had to head back to Alaska and he replied, “Early Monday morning. I have a 6 a.m. flight from Kalispell!” “And how are you getting to the airport?” I asked. “A friend from Libby is taking me.” I introduced Clarke to our missionary and as they compared notes they found that they were on the same flight to Seattle where Clarke would head north and she south on connecting flights. I asked Clarke if he thought they would have room for another passenger to Kalispell.
So, our missionary stayed with us Sunday afternoon and evening and at 3:15 this morning we took her out to the highway to catch her ride to the Glacier International Airport near Kalispell. Again, it was a privilege and joy to spend some time with one of God’s very special servants. As we thought about the timing of all that had to take place for that ride to Kalispell–wow! God is so-o-o amazing! Often we tend to start worrying about how we can work through certain situations in our lives. We forget what a mighty God we serve, and it is so encouraging when He reminds us by showing us His hand at work. I was reminded of the song, Your Love Is Amazing by Hazell Dean:
“Your love is amazing, steady and unchanging
Your love is a mountain, firm beneath my feet.
Your love is a mystery, how you gently lift me
When I am surrounded, Your love carries me.
Hallellujah, Your love makes me sing.
Hallelujah, Your love makes me sing.
“Your love is surprising, I can feel it rising.
All the joy that’s growing deep inside of me.
Every time I see You, all Your goodness shines through
And I can feel this God song, rising up in me.
“Yes You make me sing
Lord, You make me sing, sing, sing
How You make me sing.”
The Psalmist said, “In the day of my trouble I shall call to You, for You will answer me. Among the gods there is none like You, O Lord; no deeds can compare with Yours” (Psa. 86:7,8). To Jeremiah the prophet God promised, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know” (Jer. 33:3). The amazing thing is that often long before we cry out to God, He has set into motion the answer to the prayer for help, as He indicated to Isaiah, saying, “It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear” (Isa. 65:24). The Apostle Paul, who saw God’s hand at work on many occasions, wrote this to the believers at Ephesus: “Now to Him who is able to do exceeding 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” (Eph. 3:20,21). To which we too say, “AMEN! Thank you, Lord.”
A chorus by Will Downing also expresses what an amazing God we have. It is entitled God Is So Amazing. Here are the lyrics:
“Imagine someone who can change everything in your life
Someone who can take all your wrongs and make them right
He carries all your pain and strife
If you just dedicate your life to Christ.
“Someone who will always be there for you when you’re down
Right there beside you, Jesus will always be around
He can be all these things for you
You must believe in Christ and see what He’ll do.
“God is so amazing, He is so amazing
Let’s bless Him and praise Him
And show what God has done
He is so amazing, God is so amazing
Let’s bless Him and praise Him
And show that God is love.
“Someone who will comfort your heart and ease all your doubts
Somehow you can know Jesus will always work it out
If you believe in Him, He’ll always see you through.
“Someone who’s there for you no matter where you are
A friend when you’re in need, your shining star
A guiding light that helps you make it through your day
You must believe in him, He’ll always lead the way.”
What a mighty God we serve! Thank you, Lord, for caring about the details of our lives and for answering even before we call, for putting a plan into motion long before we even know of our need. What’s your need today? “Cast your care (anxiety) upon Him, for He cares for you” (I Pet. 5:7).