Well, this one is beyond explanation.
A family from the Real Life Church family contacted our Children’s Minister, Staci, to tell her that their house had been robbed. The thieves got away with some cash that the family had set aside to send their kids to Winter Camp with the church.
Of course the church was ready to jump in and cover the costs for these two kids anyway, but the family told Staci to save the money. The church might have to buy a new building this year – save the money for that.
This sweet family was about to sacrifice their kids’ opportunity to go to camp so that the church could continue in its mission.
What they didn’t know was that earlier the same day I had received a call from another member of the congregation who told me, “God is telling me to pay for a couple of kids to go to camp, in case anyone can’t afford it.” The same day the house was robbed, even before it was robbed.
So of course, the kids are going to camp.
Now a skeptic might suggest that if God was behind this, he could have just stopped the robbery, right? But think about that. The family isn’t losing out on anything – they’re still going to camp, and not only that, they also know that God is watching out for them. The donors aren’t out anything – they already wanted to give the gift. Now on top of that, they know how special their gift is. Even the thieves are not at a loss – they walked away with the cash, and, God willing, they are a step closer to finding out that money and theft will not lead to happiness. If God had stopped all this from happening, we wouldn’t have this story to tell, and we wouldn’t have a deep sense of God’s hand in our lives.
So this is our Christmas miracle this year, and it’s my Christmas miracle, because what pastors want to see, more than beautiful services and shining smiles, is the powerful hand of God intervening in the world. That is, after all, the story of Christmas.