Dear blogger friends and others that come to “dine with me” on occasion. I have decided to write a series of stories, factual and honest in content and intent, but amazing almost beyond belief. My intent is to tell of the amazing personal God that I have come to know. To him goes my thanks, praise and worship. As I have said before, I am hesitant to tell some things because they really are unbelievable except for those who believe or who are willing to believe. But they happened just as I am telling. This morning I was reading Psalm 78. Verses 2-6 sealed my decision to tell some things that have happened “tween God and me.” In part, it says, “We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation. . .” (Lord, anoint the truth of these words to bring glory to you.)
The first time I remember hearing God’s words—as opposed to a feeling, a sense, a nudge, or whatever form I was used to in communicating with God, most of which was brought to me in prayer or Bible reading. The words were inaudible but they were words, not thoughts. I would guess the following incident happened in the 50’s maybe. It touches on race relations. I had no consciousness of any racial prejudice in me, but there had not been a lot of opportunity for me to have black friends and associates.
I had a habit of talking to God when I was driving alone. I would sometimes say something like, “That’s a beautiful field out there, isn’t it?” These kinds of comments were sort of normal for me. One morning I was driving down Tenth Street here in OKC, and a black singer was on the radio singing a soul type gospel song. I said, “Lord, I’m so glad you made black people. They add so much to my life.” And he responded with these words, “Thank you, I don’t hear that very often.” I burst into tears this morning as I write of this incident. You can imagine the effect it had on me that day.
You might say, “How ridiculous can you get! God said ‘thank you’ to you?” I can only said I told you, some of my experiences with him are unbelievable! But if you want an abundant life, there’s nothing that can surpass a relationship with the Creator.