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Topic: RAIN (04/18/19)
TITLE: Unexpected Blessing
By Ken Grant
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"We found an auditorium," Philip's voice carried across the hotel lobby and hit the dour, disappointed group like a thunderbolt.
"What's going on?" Wes, one of the group, wondered.
Philip smiled as he replied, "we've found an indoor auditorium. The crusade is going to go on as planned."
"Do you think they'll come?" Tanya asked.
"I know they will."
Energized, the group erupted into a frenzy of activity. The weather conditions were no longer a death shroud to their goal, but a mere nuisance whose power had dissipated as quickly as it had emerged. They marched out of the hotel, hardly feeling the elements, and entered the auditorium that felt like the perfect spot all along. Each member found his or her place, the event began, and God's power came down. The interior was transformed from a dull, lifeless space into a holy theater where the spirit of God roamed and lives were changed. The presence of the living Lord was so thick that even the team members were in awe. Faces in the crowd that had come in pained, bored, and lifeless were now filled with the glow of the joy of the knowledge that the living God had a purpose and plan for their lives.
"Thank you for being here and may God go with you," Philip's benediction ended a spirit-filled night that was thoroughly satisfying.
The journey back to the hotel, the team felt as though they were walking on air. Now, the steady rain had ended; giving way to a lovely evening and amazingly the suffocating humidity was no more. They stopped, as if in response to some unknown signal and looked up in wonder.
"Thank you, Lord God, that you know so much better what we need," Philip exulted in prayer as all the other team members joined in spirit.
Back in the hotel lobby, the team was in the a familiar place, but they had changed. God had moved remarkably and they had seen his power. The journey had been hard, but God had been greater than their challenges and they would have a story to tell for the rest of their lives.
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