Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you desperately needed something and out of nowhere your need was provided for by someone you never met? Have you ever thought that maybe that person was sent by God? My Mom loved the Lord with all her heart and she 100% believed in angels. She loved anything that had to do with them which included the 80’s hit television show “Highway to Heaven”. The show’s main character, Michael Landon, was a probationary angel who was sent by God to help people in need. He was partnered with a retired police officer on Earth and the two of them would find a way to bless the person in need and then move on to the next family or individual.
Now to say that every time you are blessed by someone you don’t know, means that they were an angel would be not be true. While I do believe there have been times where that has happened, I am more so talking about God putting a spirit of generosity in people here on Earth. This doesn’t happen to only rich people. Sometimes a blessing comes from someone who has less than you, which makes an even greater impact. God will use anyone He wants for His work and when He chooses you to do it, the feeling is both peaceful and invigorating. I have been on both sides of this, but more recently I have been the receiver versus the giver.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches and glories in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:19, ESV
Last September, I was told by the SF Giants that they would not be renewing my contract for the 2020 season. While I was frustrated by their decision, I was also thankful that I would be paid through the end of the year. I figured with my background I would get a job easy with another organization. I was wrong. I considered going to San Diego for the Winter Meetings in mid-December to try and meet with teams, but life got worse when my Mom’s medical condition quickly deteriorated. I made the decision to stay home and she passed away on Dec 14th. A few days earlier we had our final conversation, and I stayed by her bedside until she fell asleep. I told her what a great job she did raising me and how much I loved her. This would never have happened if I went to San Diego.
One week later I was told by a good friend of mine at church to show up at Right Toyota. He said there were 3 used trucks sitting in the lot and I was supposed to take them for a test drive. At the time I was driving a 1999 Camry that had close to 200,000 miles on it. It had some issues, but I never complained about it. Afterwards I went in to speak with the used car manager. He informed me that someone put a large down payment on any one of these 3 trucks and all I needed to do was trade in my car and sign some paperwork. I walked out with a 2019 Chevy Silverado that had under 8,000 miles. I was stunned and Taleen had tears of joy when I got home.
When the calendar rolled to 2020, I was still without a full-time job. I was busting my rear end working three different jobs to help make ends meet and then COVID hit. Now the three jobs narrowed to one and I was starting to get a little anxious. We have an amazing group of men at Impact Church and a strong bible study. We were meeting online after the pandemic hit and one night, I was sharing my heart with the guys about how things were tough, but I knew God would provide for my family. A few days later Taleen was handed a small envelope at church that had my name on it. Inside was a card with a note from an “Impact Brother” and $1000 cash. We were blown away again. God kept sending us His angels and we weren’t even asking people for help. As you are reading today’s blog another blessing is on the way. Recently one of our readers reached out to tell me that my writings encouraged him and that he wanted to bless us. I was informed that a check is in the mail this week. Unbelievable. I thought I knew generosity, but God is showing me it in an amazing way through others.
Words from a Stranger
I believe God will also send his “messengers” with words of wisdom to help us. I think he uses pastors a lot. Think back to a time when you were sitting in a pew at church and you felt like the priest or pastor was talking right at you. It was like your best friend told him all of your darkest secrets and he wrote the message especially for you. I remember it happening to me at a bible study when the speaker, Clarence Lee, looked straight through me and said to “Go outside my neighborhood.” I was struggling with sharing my faith with non-Christians and it was the exact message I needed. Clarence didn’t direct it at me intentionally, but God used him to speak to me.
My good friend Drew Beuerlein had a different experience. Going into the Spring of 2006, Drew was one of the best high school catchers in the state of Arizona and a top professional prospect. Then he got sick, very sick. He dropped 40 pounds in three weeks and his family was receiving grim information from the doctors. They didn’t know what was wrong with him. As Drew laid in his hospital bed a stranger entered his room. The man said “I know you don’t know who I am, but I have followed your career and I read that you were in the hospital, so I thought I would come by and let you know that everything is going to be okay and that God has a plan for you. I have been praying for you and I will continue to pray for you every day.” Drew and the man exchanged goodbyes and he left the room. Drew and his parents, who were by his side during this, had no idea who the man was.
Ten minutes later the doctors entered his room with news that they figured out what was going on. Drew had a softball sized lump of staph called MRSA and it was right above his kidney. Armed with this knowledge, the medical staff was able to save Drew’s life. His rehab was agonizing, but a few months later he was back to 100%. He went on to play collegiately at UNLV and was drafted in 2010 by none other than the Los Angeles Angels. In Drew’s book, “Catching Grace” he talks about this interaction in the chapter “I believe in Angels”. He is confident this stranger was an angel sent by God to let him know that everything was going to be ok and that God had a plan for him. Drew needed that message so much at a time when all hope seemed to be going away. I don’t know about you, but I believe him.
“Don’t forget to be kind to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!”Hebrews 13:2, ASV
Here are some things to think about this week and consider applying to your life:
- Spend time with God to improve your relationship and communication with Him.
- Look for opportunities to bless others.
- Avoid pride and be open to help from people, even when you don’t want it.
- Believe that God has a plan and purpose for you especially when times are tough.
- Keep your eyes on Jesus and continue to work towards your goal.
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