One of those unmistakable events is when God shows up in something you are doing. It is more than coincidental, more than luck, and it’s really a sign that He is in control.
Filling my trunk with food
Harvester Christian Church feeds over 120 families a week from their food pantry program. I have the honor of doing the shopping for over 700 canned goods each week. The hundreds of canned corn and beef ravioli meals fill the trunk of my car and occasionally the cans of tuna have to sit in the front seat next to me.
Last minute needs
Last Thanksgiving our church pantry had a last-minute need for a few more turkeys. I received the message and hurried to the church to pick up the money. Unfortunately, the administrator had not yet gone to the bank and there was only $70.00 in the pantry envelope.
Quick and dirty math told me each bird would have to be $11.66666666666667 each in order for it to come out to the exact amount we had. Clearly this would not be enough and I didn’t have time to wait around while she went to the bank, so I decided the difference would come out of my household’s budget. We hadn’t budgeted for it but I still had money in my “personal money” category, I guessed God was asking me to use it.
Rush to the store
I needed to hurry as we were planning to leave town on our own holiday celebration with relatives. I threw the first six frozen birds into a cart and rolled around the cashier. Each had to be scanned as they were sold by the pound. The total? More than $70.
But wait, we are a 501C3 organization. This allows us to purchase items without paying sales tax. As the cashier entered our tax ID number into her computer I got my wallet ready to pay the difference. She read the new tax-free total and I was shocked: “That will be $70.00 please”.
This is just one of those moments where I knew God was with me. He had planned to have those specific weight turkeys right in the front of the freezer at the time I arrived so it would come up to the exact dollar amount in the envelope. It’s not luck, I’m not that lucky. It’s not coincidence, there were too many variables in price to make that a reality.”Excuse me? What was that?” I asked. The screen on the register confirmed what she had said out loud but my ears weren’t hearing. It contained four numbers: 7, 0, 0, 0 – $70.00 exactly!
Some would call it fate. I call it God’s intervention.