Sometimes the smallest and most simplest of things, produce the biggest outcome!
Last Tuesday was my Anniversary! I wrote about the smallness of being quiet. That night I was driving home from visiting my grandchildren. I was alone in the car when I began to smell a distinct and painfully familiar smell. Smoke was filling the air and the closer I got to home the stronger the smell got! Storms had raged the weekend prior sending thousands of bolts of lightning striking the ground! Fires had sprung up everywhere and we were facing evacuation for the fourth year in a row!
The joy found in the smallness of the quiet had left my life and in its place was the loud roar of fire storms.
As the week progressed my phone was blowing up with evacuation notices! That sound which sent chills running up and down my spine, was going off every couple of minutes! One zone to the north of us was being evacuated! Another zone to the west of us was being evacuated! Then another, and another, and another!
Saturday morning arrived and we found ourselves still in our home, not yet evacuated.
We got up early and ventured outside to get some exercise hopeful that the smoky air would continue to clear.
We had made it! All of our friends and church family were safe and tomorrow we could continue live streaming our service from church!
Then, the worst news of the week hit us like a ton of bricks. Beginning at 5 AM on Sunday morning strong winds and lightning strikes we’re hitting again! There was a red flag warning for our county! With it came warnings of dangerous high winds and lightning strikes.
Panic set in! We began to scramble! Would we have electricity to live stream the services? Would we be able to have our celebration drive-through and collect backpacks for our community school? How would we get the word out to people with such short notice? Our brains felt like they were on overload in a matter of minutes.
Then when all hope felt lost, when everything felt completely out of control, the smallest of Truths brought The greatest of Joys!
“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” James 5:16
We sent out an email for an all church community prayer time at 4 o’clock that afternoon!
We may have been separated by distance, but we have never felt more togetherness!
Through the smallest of obedience’s to pray, we experienced the awesome power of God!We received a MIRACLE!
No windstorm came that next day!
Not at 5:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m.! There was not even the soft rustle of leaves blowing on the trees. No lightening in the sky, no bolts hitting the ground! It was calm and clear. The predicted storm never came! God took it away!
As my series through the month of August draws to a close, God taught me the greatest lesson of all at the end.
The smallest and simplest act we can do is pray! The power it holds is like no other!
We may not receive exactly what we ask for every time. But every single time we perform the small simple act of praying, our great God Hears, Listens and Answers!
THE SMALL ACT OF PRAYER PRODUCES THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT!
Prayer may be a “small” thing to do, but it ignites the power of God’s Holy Spirit every single time!
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