Be sure to read this amazing true story...
An evangelist by the name of Ken Gaub has written and published the following story:
Do you believe that God not only loves you, but knows where you are and what you're doing every minute of the day? I certainly do after an amazing experience I had several years ago.
I was driving on I-75 near Dayton, Ohio with my wife and children. We turned off the highway for a rest and refreshment stop. My wife Barbara and the children went into the restaurant, but I suddenly felt the need to stretch my legs, so I waved them on ahead and said I'd join them shortly. I bought a soft drink and walked on toward a Dairy Queen; feelings of self-pity were enshrouding my mind. Even though I loved the Lord and my ministry, I felt drained and burdened. My cup was empty.
Suddenly the impatient ringing of a telephone nearby jarred me out of my doldrums. It was coming from a phone booth at a service station on the corner. Was no one going to answer this phone? Traffic noise from the busy intersection must have drowned out the sound, because the service station attendant continued looking after his customers, oblivious to the incessant ringing.
Why didn't someone answer that phone? The ringing continued. I began thinking it might be important, even some kind of emergency. Curiosity finally overcame my indifference. I walked over to the booth and picked up the phone. "Hello," I said casually, as I took a long sip of my drink.
The operator said, "Long distance call for Ken Gaub."
I almost choked on a piece of ice. My eyes must have widened considerably. Swallowing hard, I said, "You're crazy!" Then, realizing I shouldn't be speaking to the operator like that, I said, "This can't be! I was walking down the road, not bothering anybody, the phone was ringing..."
"Is Ken Gaub there?" the operator interrupted. "I have a long distance call for him."
It took a moment for me to gain control of my stammering from the surprise. I finally replied, "Yes, he is here." Searching for a possible explanation, I wondered if I could possibly be on Candid Camera or a similar TV show. I looked for a hidden camera and tried to smooth my hair. Impatiently the operator repeated, "I have a long distance call for Ken Gaub, sir. Is he there?"
Still shaken and perplexed, I asked, "How in the world did you reach me here? I was just walking down the road, the pay phone started ringing, and I only answered it by chance. You can't mean me!"
"Well," the operator said with some firmness, "is Mr. Gaub there or isn't he?"
"Yes, I am Ken Gaub," I said, finally convinced by the tone of her voice that the call was a real one. Then I heard another voice say, "Yes, that's him, operator. That's Ken Gaub."
I listened dumbfounded as the strange voice introduced herself. "I'm Millie, from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. You don't know me, Mr. Gaub, but I'm desperate. Please help me."
"What can I do for you?" I asked. She began weeping. Finally she regained control and continued. "I was about to commit suicide. I had just finished writing a note, and I began to pray and tell God I really didn't want to do this. Then I suddenly remembered seeing you on television and thought if I could just talk to you, you could help me. I knew that was impossible because I didn't know how to reach you. I didn't even know anyone who could help me find you. Then some numbers came to my mind and I scribbled them down."
At this point she began weeping again. I prayed silently for wisdom to help her.
She said, "I looked at the numbers, and thought how wonderful it would be if I had a miracle from God. Could He possibly have given me Ken Gaub's phone number? I decided to try calling it. I can't believe I'm talking to you! Are you in your office in California?"
I said, "I don't have an office in California. My office is in Yakima, Washington."
Surprised, she said, "Oh, really? Then where are you?"
I replied, "Don't you know? You made the call."
She said, "I don't know where I'm calling to. I just dialed the number I wrote down on this paper." "Ma'am, you won't believe this," I answered, "but I'm in a phone booth in Dayton, Ohio."
"Really!" she exclaimed. "Well, what are you doing there?"
I kidded her gently. "Well, I'm answering the phone. It was ringing as I walked by, so I answered it."
Knowing this encounter could have been arranged only by God, I began to talk to her and counsel her. As she told me of her despair and frustration, the presence of the Holy Spirit flooded the phone booth and gave me words of wisdom beyond my own ability. In a matter of moments she prayed the sinner's prayer and met the One who would lead her out of her situation and into a new life.
I walked away from that telephone booth with an electrifying sense of our Heavenly Father's concern and love for each of His children. What were the astronomical odds of this happening without God? With all the millions of phones and innumerable combinations of numbers, only an all-knowing God could have caused Millie in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to call that number in that phone booth in that particular moment of time.
Forgetting my melancholy and now bursting with exhilaration, I headed back to my family, wondering if they would believe my story. I thought about not telling of this far-fetched encounter, but I couldn't possibly keep it to myself.
"Barb!" I shouted. "You won't believe this! God knows where we are!"
From God's Got Your Number by Ken Gaub. Call his ministry in Yakima, Washington, to get a copy [509-575-1965].
God knows where you are, too. He has the same deep concern for your life that He showed for Millie's. He loves you with that same I'll-do-anything-for-you kind of love. He proved that when Jesus went to the cross to pay for our sinfulness, for the wrongs we continually commit in our own lives and against other people. If you haven't done it already, you need to give your heart to Jesus...because He gave His for you.
Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington was full of solid advice while delivering a commencement address to graduates of Dillard University on Saturday.
“Put God first in everything you do,” Denzel continued to loud cheers.
“Everything that I have is by the grace of God, understand that. It’s a gift. I didn’t always stick with Him, but He’s always stuck with me,” Denzel said. “Stick with Him in everything you do.”
He urged graduates to not “be afraid to fail big” and take chances. But in regard to material things, he cautioned that no matter “how much money you make, you can’t take it with you.”
“You’ll never see a U-Haul behind a hearse,” he said.
He encouraged the students to live a life of prayerful gratitude.
“I pray that you put your slippers way under your bed tonight,” the actor noted toward the end of his time behind the podium, “so that when you wake up in the morning you have to get on your knees to reach them, and while you’re down there, say thank you. Thank you for grace, thank you for mercy, thank you for understanding, thank you for wisdom, thank you for parents, thank you for love, thank you for kindness, thank you for humility, thank you for peace, thank you for prosperity. Say thank you in advance for what’s already yours.”
“True desire in the heart for anything good is God’s proof to you sent beforehand that it’s already yours,” he continued. “When you get it, reach back, pull someone else up.”
The Training Day actor recalled when he was flunking out of college with a 1.7 grade point average and was thinking about joining the army. He was sitting at his mother’s beauty parlor at the time and a woman gave him “a prophecy” that one day “he would travel the world and speak to millions of people.”
Although her words came true, he added, “the most important thing that stayed with me since is that I’ve been protected, I’ve been directed, I’ve been corrected. I’ve kept God in my life and it’s kept me humble,” he said. “I didn’t always stick with Him but He always stuck with me. So stick with Him in everything you do. If you think you want to do what you think I’ve done, then do what I’ve done.”
(This news report appeared 5.12.2015 in DailySurge.com)