Isaiah 41:9-10″For I have chosen you and I will not throw you away. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with MY VICTORIOUS RIGHT HAND!” God holds us in His hand. Isaiah 41:13″I am holding you by YOUR RIGHT HAND-I, The Lord your God. And I say to you ‘Do not be afraid. I am here to help you.” God grabs hold of our hand and never let’s us go! Isaiah 43:1″…The Lord who created you says’ Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine”(NLT) God calls us, holds us in His hand, grabs on to our hand and paid the ransom with the blood of His Son. He will never let us go! Hallelujah!!! I’m praying for you
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THE SPARROW AT STARBUCKS
This is a very good example of a “God-incidence.” (Similar to what many people call a “co-incidence”). Most will appreciate the difference between the two terms.
If you take the time to read this story, you will be glad you did.
The SPARROW at STARBUCKS – The song that silenced the cappuccino machine.
It was chilly in Manhattan but warm inside the Starbucks shop on 51st Street and Broadway, just a skip up from Times Square. Early November weather in New York City holds only the slightest hint of the bitter chill of late December and January, but it’s enough to send the masses crowding indoors to vie for available space and warmth. For a musician,
it’s the most lucrative Starbucks location in the world, I’m told, and consequently, the tips can be substantial if you play your tunes right.
Apparently, we were striking all the right chords that night, because our basket was almost overflowing. It was a fun, low-pressure gig – I was playing keyboard and singing backup for my friend who also added rhythm with an arsenal of percussion instruments. We mostly did pop songs from the ’40s to the ’90s with a few original tunes thrown in. During our emotional rendition of the classic, “If You Don’t Know Me by Now,” I noticed a lady sitting in one of the lounge chairs across from me. She was swaying to the beat and singing along.
After the tune was over, she approached me. “I apologize for singing along on that song. Did it bother you?” she asked.
“No,” I replied. “We love it when the audience joins in. Would you like to sing up front on the next selection?” To my delight, she accepted my invitation. “You choose,” I said. “What are you in the mood to sing?”
“Well. … Do you know any hymns?” Hymns? This woman didn’t know who she was dealing with. I cut my teeth on hymns. Before I was even born, I was going to church. I gave our guest singer a knowing look. “Name one.”
“Oh, I don’t know. There are so many good ones. You pick one.”
“Okay,” I replied. “How about ‘His Eye is on the Sparrow’?”
My new friend was silent, her eyes averted. Then she fixed her eyes on mine again and said, “Yeah. Let’s do that one.” She slowly nodded her head, put down her purse, straightened her jacket and faced the center of the shop. With my two-bar setup, she began to sing, “Why should I be discouraged? Why should the shadows come?”
The audience of coffee drinkers was transfixed. Even the gurgling noises of the cappuccino machine ceased as the employees stopped what they were doing to listen. The song rose to its conclusion.
“I sing because I’m happy; I sing because I’m free. For His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.”
When the last note was sung, the applause crescendoed to a deafening roar that would have rivaled a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall. Embarrassed, the woman tried to shout over the din, “Oh, y’all go back to your coffee! I didn’t come in here to do a concert! I just came in here to get something’ to drink, just like you!”
But the ovation continued. I embraced my new friend. “You, my dear, have made my whole year! That was beautiful!”
“Well, it’s funny that you picked that particular hymn,” she said.
“Why is that?”
“Well,” she hesitated again, “that was my daughter’s favorite song.” “Really!” exclaimed.
“Yes,” she said, and then grabbed my hands. By this time, the applause had subsided and it was business as usual… “She was 16. She died of a brain tumor last week.”
I said the first thing that found its way through my stunned silence. “Are you going to be okay?”
She smiled through tear-filled eyes and squeezed my hands. “I’m going to be okay. I’ve just got to keep trusting the Lord and singing his songs and everything’s going to be just fine.” She picked up her bag, gave me her card, and then she was gone.
Was it just a coincidence that we happened to be singing in that particular coffee shop on that particular November night? Coincidence that this wonderful lady just happened to walk into that particular shop? Coincidence that of all the hymns to choose from, I just happened to pick the very hymn that was the favorite of her daughter, who had died just the week before? I refuse to believe it.
God has been arranging encounters in human history since the beginning of time, and it’s no stretch for me to imagine that he could reach into a coffee shop in midtown Manhattan and turn an ordinary gig into a revival. It was a great reminder that if we keep trusting him and singing his songs, everything’s going to be okay.
The next time you feel like GOD can’t use YOU, remember, Noah was a drunk, Abraham was too old, Isaac was a daydreamer, Jacob was a liar, Leah was ugly, Joseph was abused, Moses had a stuttering problem, Gideon was afraid, Samson had long hair and was a womanizer, Rahab was
a prostitute, Jeremiah and Timothy were too young, David had an affair and was a murderer, Elijah was suicidal, Isaiah preached naked, Jonah ran from God, Peter denied Christ, The Disciples fell asleep while praying, And Lazarus was dead!
No more excuses now!! God can use you to your full potential. Besides you aren’t the message, you are just the messenger. May God Bless you today and everyday as you face any storms that come your way!
Who is God?
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my Savior; my God is my rock in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the strength of my Salvation and my stronghold, my high tower, my Savior…In my distress I cried out to The Lord; yes, I called to God for help. He heard me. My cry for help reached His ears…He reached down from Heaven and rescued me…He led me to a place of safety; HE RESCUED ME BECAUSE HE DELIGHTS IN ME…O Lord, You are my light; yes Lord, You light up my darkness. In your strength I can crush an Army. As for God, His way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to Him for protection…For who is God except THE LORD? Who but our God is a solid rock?” 2 Samuel 22:2-51. Who is God? He is mine!
Have a good Sunday. Worship our Savior.
For HE is the living God and HE will endure forever, His kingdom will never be destroyed, and His rule will never end. HE rescues and saves His people; HE performs miraculous signs and wonders in Heaven and on Earth.” Daniel 6:26-27. “Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith: CHRIST appeared in the flesh and was shown to be righteous by THE SPIRIT. HE was seen by angels and was announced to the nations. HE was believed on in the world and taken up into Heaven.” 1Timothy 3:16. ” We are made right with GOD when we believe that JESUS shed His blood, sacrificing His life for us…There is only one GOD, and there is only one way of being accepted by Him. HE makes people right with Himself only by faith…Oh what joy for those whose sins are forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose sin is no longer counted against them by The LORD.” Romans 3:25-30, 4:7-8. Rejoice in who HE is. HE does it all for us! I’m praying for you.
God Shouts! “I am The Lord,’He says ‘ and there is no other. I publicly proclaim Bold promises. I do not whisper obscurities in some dark corner so no one can understand what I mean. ” Isaiah 45:18-19. “Listen to Me… I created you and have cared for you since before you were born. I will be your God throughout your lifetime-until your hair is white with age. I made you and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.” Isa.46:3-4 “I am The Lord…The One who CALLS YOU BY NAME.” Isa.45:3 “I have called you back from the ends of the earth so you can serve me. For I have chosen you and I will not throw you away.” Isa.41:9 “The Lord who created you says’ Do not be afraid for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; YOU ARE MINE. When you go through deep waters and great troubles, I will be with you…For I am The Lord , YOUR God.” Isaiah 43:1-3. God shouts, proclaims, calls- YOU ARE MINE! I HAVE CHOSEN YOU! I CALL YOU BY NAME! DO NOT BE AFRAID!!!! Wow what love The Savior has for us. I’m praying for you.
Past. Present. Future. Past failures. Present pain. Future fears. With Jesus we have Faith in His past. Colossians 1:13-14 “He has rescued us from the power of darkness, and brought us into the Kingdom…God has purchased our freedom with His own blood and has forgiven our sins!” Our present is HIS consuming LOVE. Our future is JOY. Col.1:4″ for we have heard that you have faith in Christ Jesus, and that you love all God’s people. You do this because you are looking forward to the joy of Heaven.” Don’t dwell on past failures, present pain, or future fears. Col 3:1-3 “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the REALITIES of Heaven, where Christ sits… Let Heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here…For you died when Christ died and your REAL LIFE is hidden with Christ in God.” Col. 3:16 “Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts!” Malachi 4:2 “For you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness WILL RISE with healing in His wings. And you will go FREE!” We are just passing through! Praise the Lord. Have a great day.
Need Power? We’ve got Dynamite! Colossians 1:11-12 “We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul- not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the ‘glory-strength’ God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that He has for us.” (The Message) So how do we get this power? Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of this Good News ( The Gospel) about Christ. It is the POWER (translated from the Greek word for dynamite) of God at work…”(NLT) God’s good news, His Word is the dynamite! His Word is how we can have the ‘Glory-Strength’ that God gives. Psalms 119:105-114 “Your Word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path…Your decrees are my treasure, they are truly my hearts delight…You are my refuge and my shield; Your Word is my only source of hope.” When we need God given, Glory-Power, we can have it through His Word. God speaks to us there.