Let me tell you about my friend Pastor Joe who is standing here with me. His name is really Joseph, but his friends call him Joe.
Joe is from the mid-west, and only has been in California about 7 years. If you ask him how he got here, he would answer "well that is really quite a story."
It is a story worth hearing.
Joe, or Joseph, was working in the ministry and decided to come out to California for a couple of weeks. As a side note on this conversation, he had told the Lord that he was going to wait for his timing for marriage. He wasn't going to force it. If the Lord wanted him married, then the Lord would have to provide a wife. A step of courage that most Christians are afraid to take.
When he comes out to California, he meets a wonderful Irish lass in the Church. He feels a strong attraction toward her. Displaying wisdom greater than most of us, he reaffirms that he will first seek the Lords will. Attraction to a woman is fine, but doing the Lord's will is better.
One morning, during his visit, he is praying and meditating. And a word from God comes to him. With great certainty, he knows that the Lord God almighty wants him to wed a woman name Mary. He is disappointed because the woman that he felt so attracted to was of a different name.
So he packs to go home, and he happens to have several "teaching tapes" from from a seminar that this Irish woman did. He figures he might as well listen to one or two of the tapes, and he reaches to for one. However, he feels the Lord tell him, "not that tape." A bit perplexed, he grabs another tape. He puts it into the tape player.
The tape starts, and the familiar Irish voice come on, and she starts off by saying, "well most of you don't know it, but my middle name is Mary, and this is what my family calls me..." He sits in shock. The Lord had given him a word that he was to wed Mary.
The woman that wasn't Mary is Mary.
Somehow, he finds her number.
At the same time, this woman who family calls her Mary, is praying to the Lord. She also is attracted to this man from the mid-west. She feels called to know him better. She prays, "Dear Lord, if you want me to marry this guy, let him call me." The phone rings and it is Joseph.
This was seven years ago. They wed, and he is leading a new Church in the area.
This is another story of Joseph and Mary.
Now maybe you think there are accidents in this world, but I believe in providence. If you act in faith, the Lord will deal with you in faith. If you believe in nothing, you will get nothing.
Nothing flows to nothing.
But the righteous become right.
He is God.