He Knows Me?

18 Apr

There I stood racking my brain for any forgotten encounter to account for what had just happened. A dignitary called me by name, gave me a hug, and thanked me for the work I was doing. I hadn’t thought about my work causing me to be recognized or singled out. I had a job to do. I did it as best I could. I looked for positive results at the end of the day. As I saw it, I did little or nothing to make me stand out in the workforce. But something had put me on this person’s radar. Plus, our connection deepened to a first-name basis friendship as the years went by.

I had never imagined personally knowing an important person before, let alone having that person initiate and maintain a relationship. I take that back. In my youth, I had entertained such fantasies, but I recognized them as fictional dreams that would never materialize—that is, except for one.

For the past months, my blogs have had a personal relationship with the Creator, the God of gods, King of kings, and Lord of lords as a common thread. I know some of you question whether that is reserved for people with special traits. I know because I have felt that often myself. Some stories in the Bible lend themselves to that conclusion. But the overall message of the Bible refutes it. And strong evidence proves it wrong.

I want to share one piece of evidence with you today. To be more precise, it is forty pieces combined into one book. James Stuart Bell has assembled forty accounts of God’s intervention in the lives of forty nobody-special individuals. The book, Gifts from Heaven: True Stories of Miraculous Answers to Prayer, encourages readers with the awesomeness of God coupled with the fact that each of us are special to Him. Look for it on line or in your local bookstore. You will even find one of my stories in it.

I don’t how or why Bell settled on the number of stories to include, but I see a relevant connection with the number forty. In Scripture, forty stands for testing. Israel wandered in the desert for forty years before entering into the promised land. Jesus fasted forty days in the desert before starting His ministry. The forty stories from unimportant people testify Jesus touched the writers’ lives in a miraculous event. They echo David’s exhortation in Psalm 34, “Taste [or in this discussion: test] and see the Lord is good.”

The stories also confirm Jesus’ words when He said the Father knows the number of hairs on our head. I can’t imagine any minutia more detailed than that. We don’t serve an impersonal God. He loves us all and doesn’t play favorites. It wasn’t the elite of Israel whose hair He counts. Jesus said that to nobodies like us and includes us today. And as we just celebrated Sunday, He’s alive and wants to show how personal He can be with you and me.

Here is a link for Bell’s book. https://www.amazon.com/dp/0764217860

I want to invite you to email me your story of when Jesus proved His intimacy in your life. Read through the last several posts of mine to see the common thread, and send me your testimony that I can share.

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