Last night it felt like I’d been to a fight instead of to a church. But the late great preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon said not to look at second causes, so I hope there’s a good cause behind that disagreement.
It’s complicated. The bottom line is I’m still lookin’ for a church for all nations. It’s sad to think some churches fight over things like baptism or chicken. Where’s the beef when you need it—or don’t need it? Remember those “Where’s the Beef” Wendy’s fast-food restaurant commercials? Wendy’s makes a real good fast-food hamburger and they have beef and chicken too, like McDonald’s. I love those little plain hot fudge sundaes at McDonald’s. (They have free Wi-Fi too). The little sundaes only cost about a dollar, with the vanilla ice cream (or frozen sweet milk or whatever) and the delicious hot fudge. You can taste the plain good vanilla soft ice cream and the warm good fudge that’s not too melt-y. That little McDonald’s hot fudge sundae deserves a shout-out, even without all the nuts and whipped cream, it’s real good.
When I got home I turned on T.D. Jakes and that wonderful preacher was preaching about “Save the Scraps.” Mr. Jakes said just like God used that little boy’s two fishes and five loaves of bread to feed thousands, God can use each one of us, even if we feel overlooked (or disagreed with..I added that). It was good news to hear last night from Pastor T.D Jakes.
Then I heard part of the John Ankerberg show and Dr. Hugh Ross was talking about God and dark energy and how there are 10 billion trillion stars in the universe and each one has a reason to exist and does something good for the whole universe. Dr. Ross talked about physics and galaxy clusters, which I do not understand, and he talked about what’s behind and before us and all around you and me and he said it’s God, a God Who is Personal and Who loves us.
God is El-Shaddai, the All–Sufficient One. According to http://www.el-shaddai.org, God is the All-Mighty One and Christ is All in All, as explained in Colossians 3:1. God is God and not like any other “god.” The website goes on to say Christ completely revealed the invisible God to us when Christ walked the Earth before He went back to His heavenly home. At http://www.freegrace.net, we can read about how God is also Jehovah-Jireh, The Lord Will Provide. (Although it’s scary right now). God, the site says, is “Father-Mother God.” The father of faith, Abraham, back in the Old Testament, knew God sees and God provides.
Last night I walked outside later and saw Ms. Allen, who just got home from the hospital because she had a heart attack last week. I’m not using her real name, but she’s a real person. That’s how bad the stress got, bad enough to cause a heart attack. “I had to call on the Lord to use the phone,” she said. Both hands were numb, but God made a way. We’re glad Ms. Allen’s okay. We missed seeing her out on the porch.
My downstairs neighbor was outside too. She said she’s been having trouble with her breathing, but last night they asked her to sing at church and out came a song. God provided.
Before I went inside last night, I got to see my neighbors and friends and Ms. Ella and Ms. Pat were outside too. I looked over behind me and it was dark, but a man stood in the doorway of his home with a crying baby in his arms. Their silhouette was back-lit with kitchen lights and they looked golden standing there while the man’s baby cried in the night air. I’d been to church after all. We didn’t fight. God provided.