Well, if you’re anything like me, you’re getting pretty tired of the 100+ degree temperatures day after day. I’m pretty sure Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednigo would feel right at home in Waco these days.
I want to tell you about a book I just read…a book which at least for me was like a cool breeze from the Holy Spirit. My heart just sort of said, “Ahhh”, like you might say if you were to slip into a pool of cool water on a day like today. The book is called “The Grace Outpouring”, by Roy Godwin and Dave Roberts. In the 1990’s Roy was a pastor in England. His wife is Welsh (for those of you who are geographically challenged, Welsh people are from Wales, which is part of the UK…on the western side of England). About 12 years ago or so, the Lord led Roy and his wife to become the directors of a Christian retreat center out in the boonies of Wales. They had a strong desire to lead people to Jesus and couldn’t figure out why God would put them out in the middle of nowhere to run a retreat center for folks who were already Christians.
They were in for the surprise of their lives when God began to bring all sorts of people to the center…most of them just sort of wandered in, not knowing why they were drawn there. Roy would just lead them to the chapel, speak a brief blessing over them and leave them alone. And God would show up. I mean, REALLY show up. Healing, saving, delivering…whatever the need. The presence of God was so powerful that countless lives were radically changed over the period of several years. The retreat center has become a real House of Prayer, and now is influencing congregations of people all over the world.
That’s the story in a nutshell. It’s a great and moving illustration of the ability of God to touch people’s lives with His Presence, even when they’re not asking Him to. Do you need to live and walk in a deeper awareness of God’s power, love, and presence? Man, I do. And when I read what God is doing in other places and other people, it builds and strengthens my faith, and my hunger for God intensifies.
You can order the book online from various booksellers. We may decide to carry it in our own bookstore here at ACC, too.
May God’s blessings on us be so great that they lap over onto everyone around us!