Tuesday, April 25, 2006

N God Knows Where I Am N

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

At the time I was driving on 1-75 near Dayton
Ohio, with my wife and children. We turned off
.the highway for a rest and refreshment stop
.My wife, Barbara, and children went into the restaurant
I suddenly felt the need to stretch my legs
.so waved them off ahead saying I'd join them later

I bought a soft drink, and as I walked toward a
Dairy Queen, feelings of self pity enshrouded
my mind. I loved the Lord and my ministry, but
.I felt drained, 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. Wasn't anyone going to answer
the phone? Noise from the traffic flowing through
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 doesn't somebody answer that phone?" I muttered"
I began reasoning. It may be important. What if it's
an emergency? Curiosity overcame my indifference. I
.stepped inside the booth and picked up the phone

.Hello," I said casually and took a big sip of my drink"
".The operator said: "Long distance call for Ken Gaub
.My eyes widened, and I almost choked on a chunk of ice

Swallowing hard, I said, "You're crazy!" Then, realizing
I shouldn't speak to an operator like that, I added, "This
can't be! I was walking down the road, not bothering
"...anyone, and the phone was ringing

Is Ken Gaub there?" the operator interrupted, "I have"
".a long distance call for him

It took a moment to gain control of my babbling, but
I finally replied, "Yes, he is here." Searching for a
possible explanation, wondered if I could possibly be
!on Candid Camera

Still shaken, perplexed, I asked, "How in the world did
you reach me here? I was walking down the road, the pay phone
started ringing, and I just answered it by chance. You can't
".mean me

"?Well," the operator asked, "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 real

.Then, I heard another voice say, "Yes, that's him, operator
".That's Ken Gaub

.I listened dumbfounded to a strange voice identify 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"

She began weeping. Finally, she regained control and continued
"I was about to commit suicide, had just finished writing a
note, when 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 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, and I prayed silently
for wisdom to help her. She continued, "I looked at the numbers
and thought, 'Wouldn't it be wonderful if I had a miracle
from God, and He has given me Ken'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 replied, "Lady, I don't have an office in California. My office
".is in Yakima, Washington

"?A little surprised, she asked, "Oh, really, then where are you

".Don't you know?" I responded. "You made the call"

She explained, "...but I don't even know what area I'm calling. I
".just dialed the number that I had on this paper

Ma'am, you won't believe this, 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 only have been arranged by God
I began to counsel the woman. As she told me of her despair
and frustration, the presence of the Holy Spirit flooded the phone
booth giving me words of wisdom beyond my ability. In a matter
of moments, she prayed the sinner's prayer and met the One who
.would lead her out of her situation into a new life

I walked away from that telephone booth with an electrifying
.sense of our heavenly Father's concern for each of His children
What were the astronomical odds of this happening? With all
the millions of phones and innumerable combinations of numbers
only an all-knowing God could have caused that woman to call that
.number in that phone booth at that moment in time

Forgetting my drink and nearly bursting with exhilaration, I headed
.back to my family, wondering if they would believe my story
"Maybe I had better not tell this," I thought, but I couldn't
"!contain it. "Barb, you won't believe this: God knows where I am

God also knows where you are. Place yourself in His hands
concentrate on knowing His will for your life, and He will never
.forsake or forget you

~ By Ken Gaub ~

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