July 11, 2021
This morning, at about 7:30, I was walking across the parking lot of the church where I pastor.
I felt the spirit of the Lord quicken me to stop. I was talking to a dear friend, and I felt prompted to get off the phone.
I disconnected from him and stood there. Waiting for the Lord to speak to me.
I stood there in that place, looking up the hill, toward the church, into the heavens.
At that moment, from my phone, the scripture began to be read to me.
It was the text where Gehazi was telling the King of the Woman with the resurrected son. As he is telling the King, that woman, who had been away for seven years during the famine, walks in the door.
While she was away,
While the famine stripped the land,
everything she had was lost.
She was coming to the King for relief.
God had orchestrated this moment.
This moment where her miracle was being memorialized.
Someone was recounting what God had done for her.
At that precise moment she walks in the door.
The most powerful man in her world at that Moment knew her story.
He looks at her and says, “So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now.”
This miraculous Memory restored everything that had been lost through the famine.
We all go through times of famine and drought.
However, God sent you out… he sustained you, he kept you,
IF you will go to the King, the King knows your story,
The King can declare total restoration to you in a moment what took seven years to lose.
As I listened to Max McLean, his British accent reading the King James version,
Echoing to me from thousands of years ago,
I heard the Word of the Lord say to me,
If I did it then, I can do it now.
If I did it for her, I can do it for you.
I know this was given to me to preach.
I know also it was a fitly spoken word to me.
I suspect this might even be a Word of the Lord to you.
God knows how to pull everything together and cause it to work in your favor.
Look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.
((I listen to the texts I am going to preach on Sunday mornings while I get ready, drive to church and do the preparations for the day. So I had been listening to the miracles of Elijah because I was going to preach a few miracles of Elijah.
This will be the final point in my message today,
A Shovel, A Pitcher and a Memory