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Not Every Mistake is Wrong

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A mistake was made today that I don’t think was a mistake at all. I got orders to go to Youngstown at midnight last night. I got there on time but tired. By looking to the Lord I set my alarm for two hours and got some sleep before I had to go over and pick up the return load.

When I got to the pick up I met an older man who drives for another company. I’ll call him Joe. Joe is 78 years young this year! We walked together up to the door to turn in our papers.

After we turned in our papers we began talking about Jesus in the parking lot (we were waiting for them to assign us a door). The guy from the pickup place came out and asked which of us drove for Interstate. I raised my hand and said, “That’d be me”. He said I had the wrong pickup number. I checked again. I had written it correctly. But shuffled out to the truck to confirm the number. Interstate said they would call the company and straighten it out.

While I waited, Joe and I talked. He was speaking about Peter’s confession of faith to Jesus. When he got to the part where Peter said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”, I felt my heart stir with the joy of the Spirit. Much likt it must have been for Elizabeth and Mary.

At another point, Joe was telling me about his conversion 34 years ago. He said he had begun to go to church faithfully every Sunday (he and his family). Every Sunday the pastor would give the invitation. And every invitation found Joe at the altar praying the prayer of confession and asking Jesus to come into his life. And every Sunday the pastor would ask Joe, “Did anything happen?” And every Sunday Joe would reply, “No.” This went on for three months and nothing…. noda….. zip…….

Finally at the end of three months, the pastor asked if Joe had received anything from the Lord at the altar. When Joe told him “NO”, the pastor put his Bible down and said: “I can’t tempt the Lord. But you’ve been here for three months faithfully praying.” He paused. Then said, “I won’t preach again until you get saved. Go back and pray again”.

Joe went back and knelt at the altar. “Lord Jesus, I am a sinner. Please forgive my sins and come into my life”. Joe says that at that moment a powerful feeling came over him and he knew he had been forgiven. And not only forgiveness, but the promise of eternal life.

About that time, in our converstion, the man from the company came out and told me I was suppose to go to Pittsburg, PA to pick up a load there. Joe and I talked a bit more then we prayed. How blessed am I to have been part of such a mistake. God be praised forever for the joy found in this horrible place of sin. Praise to the Lord of Glory that His people know their names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life! Joe’s is! Mine is! How about yours?

By His Grace.

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Written by buttermilk80

September 29, 2010 at 7:35 am

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