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Unexpected Blessings –Saturday, March 31st, 2007

“A faithful man will abound with blessings.”
- Proverbs 28:20

Just when I thought the day was unwinding, and we had recently finished eating some Papa Johns with our friends (from Chicago), the Lord orchestrated a blessing from above. Around 7:15 p.m., our phone rang. It was the mailman from our apartment complex. He had two tickets and a parking pass to the Dallas Mavericks vs. New York Knicks basketball game. He wanted to know if I wanted them. At first, I didn’t think he was serious. But he then informed me that he was unable to use them because his mother was having health issues. I told him that I would pray for his mom and sorry for the situation, but of course I would take the tickets. (Will you please join me in prayer for Ernie, as she is having insulin problems? Thanks.)

The funny thing is, my brother-in-law gave me 4 Texas Rangers vs. Milwaukee Brewers tickets for Saturday evening’s game, along with a parking pass. And for some reason, I felt that I shouldn’t go to the game for the past two days. So in turn, I asked our mailman if he wanted the tickets. He smiled, and said he would love them. So just like that, the Lord played TICKETMASTER out on the streets of Swiss Avenue. Isn’t God funny how He works?

So within 5 minutes, a friend and I hopped into my car and were at the American Airlines Center watching the best NBA team in the league play (that is Dallas). And are you ready for this…in a stadium that had 20, 468 fans at the time, our seats were 13 ROWS from behind the basket. It was absolutely phenomenal. After a full week of meetings, phone calls, email, and more emails, the Lord blessed me with the best unexpected blessing for 2 hours and 37 minutes. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to take my mind off of the 40-day tent revival, and just rest and enjoy some basketball with a friend. Besides, we got to witness Dirk Nowitzki pour in 30 points to reach the 15,000 career point milestone, and help the Mavericks win their ninth game in a row. (Okay, sorry for the statistics, but can you tell I was quite thankful?)

Why do I write all this? Because there are times in life, when we are not looking or thinking about receiving a personal blessing, and yet the Lord blindsides us with His blessings from above. You might agree or you might not, but these past weeks I feel as if I been as faithful as I can be to what I have been given to in regards to the tent-revival. And it says in Proverbs, “A faithful man will abound with blessings.” As I was cheering on Josh Howard block a New York Knick’s shot with 3 seconds left in the game to preserve the win (105-103), I was thankful for the Lord blessing my faithfulness to Him. Please don’t hear me say, that I do things to receive rewards here on earth. Because I know, as Jesus revealed to His disciples, the eternal blessings are yet to come. For He said, “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great.” And even though my focus is not to receive earthly blessings, isn’t it great to see a glimpse of the Lord bless us in our lives? In fact, earlier yesterday afternoon, my wife and I found out that someone dropped off an anonymous gift for our family at our church. It was the proper amount needed to cover a bill for my books for the doctorate program at Gordon-Conwell. Thank-you Lord!

May we each continue to remain faithful to what we have been given, because we never know how the Lord could bless us for that day.

" We cannot organize revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from Heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again."

- G. Campbell Morgan