God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform. No, that’s not a bible verse; however the bible is clear that God does work in ways we cannot understand and He does perform wonders, many, many wonders. Perhaps you have been one who has experienced this in your own life. While we all know God works wonders, still, the mysteries of God are intriguing. I know I’ve had areas in my life when I look up to God and exclaim, “Wow, God, I never thought you’d answer in this way!”
Perhaps you too, have thought about the different ways God has worked in your own life or in the life of someone you know. We marvel at His method, his timing, His awesomeness. Indeed, we can never begin to know His thoughts or the ways He chooses to bring about answers to our own personal prayers and/or answers to the world’s chaos. Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.”
Below is a true story of just one way God worked in a mysterious, unthought of, amazing way. The guy in the story had called up a Christian radio station to give his personal testimony telling of how he found God when he had come to a very desperate place in his life. I cried as I listened to him tell it, and now I’d like to share it with you. Perhaps you have already heard it. I had forgotten about it until I came across it today and once again that same awe came over me as I was reminded that God always hears our prayers, as well as our silent cries from the heart. He is always listening. His methods and even His sense of humor are intertwined in a unique way in the following, compelling testimony. I hope you enjoy it and know that the answer you so desperately need, may not come to you exactly as you might expect it. You just might be amazed by the way in which God brings it about!
One Saturday night, a pastor was working late and decided to call his wife before he left for home. It was about 10:00 PM, but his wife didn’t answer the phone. The pastor let it ring many times. He thought it was odd that she didn’t answer but decided to wrap up a few things and try again in a few minutes. When he tried again, she answered right away. He asked her why she hadn’t answered before, and she said that it hadn’t rung at their house. They brushed it off as a fluke and went on their merry ways.
The following Monday, the pastor received a call at the church office, which was the phone that he’d used that Saturday night. The man that he spoke with wanted to know why he’d called on Saturday night. The pastor couldn’t figure out what the man was talking about.
Then the man said, “It rang and rang, but I didn’t answer.”
The pastor remembered the mishap and apologized for disturbing him, explaining that he’d intended to call his wife.
The man said, “That’s okay. Let me tell you my story. You see, I was planning to commit suicide on Saturday night, but before I did, I prayed, ‘God if you’re there, and you don’t want me to do this, give me a sign now.’ At that point, my phone started to ring. I looked at the caller ID, and it said, ‘Almighty God’. I was afraid to answer!”
The church that the pastor attends is called Almighty God Tabernacle.
Isaiah 45:15 Truly, O God of Israel, Savior, you work in strange, mysterious ways.