Miracle Monday

Welcome Back to another wonderful week of praising God for His amazing Hand in our lives! God's Word says to "tell of His wondrous works...telling them to the next generation." It is so important to share how God works in our lives. It is so important to tell of His glory.
It is so important to let people know that God is
For this week's miracle, I want to share a miracle that God performed on my behalf a few years ago. This is one of my most precious memories. I was thinking about it again when I spoke to a women's retreat and shared the story with them.
My prayer is that it blesses you!
Please don't think that I am "anything special." God wants to do things like this in YOUR life!
Not just in my life.
Not just in Joyce Meyer's life.
Not just in Beth Moore's life.
Not just in the New Testament church.
For you.
I will meditate on all Your works and consider all Your
deeds. Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is so great as our God?
You are the God who performs miracles: You display Your power among the
peoples.-Psalm 77:12-14
Several years ago, I owned a children’s birthday party business, Party Pros, in which I planned creative, themed birthday parties. I would “do” the entire party- the invitations, goody bags, entertainment, and even an elaborate cake. I had a Pirate Party, a Dinosaur Party, a Little Mermaid Party, and the ever popular Cinderella party. This party was so cute. Little girls dressed up, I did their hair and makeup, an invitation comes for the ball, the girls take a carriage ride, and we dance at the lovely ball. To make the girls into princesses, they make crowns and put on “gowns”- dresses cut from pink tablecloth. This party was every little girl’s “dream come true.”

Well, my business had gotten very popular and I had over extended what I could do. But, I loved doing these parties and could not turn down any parent. Summer months tended to be very busy, and one week I had a Thursday evening, Friday evening, and Saturday morning party scheduled. As you can imagine, the planning and preparation was time consuming for these parties, and I had committed to too many parties so close together. So, on Friday evening, after I finished a Pirate Party, and was very tired, I began finishing the preparations for the very large Cinderella party I had planned for the next MORNING. At 11:00 PM, I began cutting 18 dresses for the little girls. After about 7 dresses, I ran out of pink tablecloth.

What was I going to do now?
The pink gowns were a crucial part of the party. I knew Wal-Mart, which was open 24 hours didn’t have pink tablecloth. The party stores where I usually found the pink tablecloth didn’t open the next morning until 9:00 and I had to be at the party for set up by 9:00 at the other end of town.
The situation seemed hopeless. I cried out to the Lord, “God, I am so tired. I‘m so sorry- I confess, Lord, I procrastinated, and should have had this done before now. Please help me, God! I don’t know what to do! I really want the party to be perfect for this little girl. I want to do a good job for her. I know God that with You all things are possible. I trust You and know You will work this all out.”

I went to bed not knowing how God would help me, but feeling peace that He would. But, I still felt the need to control how God was going to help. So, I planned to leave early in the morning, stop at a drugstore on the way to the party to purchase ANY tablecloth, and arrive early enough to cut the remaining dresses. In my mind, I thought God’s plan would be to provide pink tablecloths at the drugstore, or some kind of tablecloth that wouldn’t disappoint the birthday girl. In the “natural,” I couldn’t see how God could help my predicament.
I wasn’t expecting a miracle!

In the morning, I continued to pray. I purchased tablecloth at the drugstore, which was the ugliest floral I had ever seen. It was either that or black. Thinking ugly floral was better than nothing, I grabbed it and hurried off to the party. I refused to lose faith, and continued to pray. I cried out again to God for his help. I said, “God, I have to give this to you! I know you will take care of me. I don’t know how, this seems so impossible.”
In my mind, I thought God would help me cut the ugly floral tablecloths before the party began, and that the birthday girl and her mom wouldn’t be disappointed in them. (Isn't funny how we can put God in a "box" and limit Him with our own ideas?) I continued praying on the way to the party.

When I arrived, the mom was waiting at the door. She had an idea for the party and was hoping I would use it. This mother had been a dancer and owned beautiful dance costumes that she had worn during her performances. She thought it would be very special if her daughter and her daughter’s friends would wear these costumes instead of my tablecloth gowns. She had wanted to ask me earlier, but didn’t want to offend me. Sheepishly, she asked, “Would you mind?”

Would I mind???? Hmmm.....beautiful sequined gowns....pink tablecloth. Which would you choose?
I was speechless. I knew this was the answer to my prayer! But, this was a large party, and I wondered if there would really be enough costumes for all 18 girls. The mother and I counted the dresses one by one and there were exactly 18 beautiful sequined glamorous gowns.
What an answered prayer- a miracle! I knew God was speaking directly to me, wooing me and whispering love songs in my ear. He was rescuing me! My prince in shining armor!

I have to tell you it was an awesome party and I wept and sang the whole way home. God took such care of me. He had given me the desires of my heart and saved me in such a way that I knew it could only have been him! I had limited God in my mind of what He could do, but He was so much bigger than any of my wildest dreams. Like God parting the Red Sea to reveal His glory, He had allowed the mother to delay requesting that I use her gowns so that I would understand the way His hand saved me. If I had planned on using them, I would not have heard His tender love song and see the way He is willing to save me.
Please visit Beth at A Mom's Life for more awesome miracles!

4 thoughts shared....:

mama's smitten said...

What a great story ! I used to do birthday parties too. I'm a dance instructor so I use to dance (ballet )parties. It was a lot of fun! No great Miracle stories like your though! Thanks for sharing!

Denise said...

God is so precious my friend.

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

I love this miracle!

I love that God saved you as you requested but that he saved you in His way - which of course was even better and more wonderful than the way you imagined!

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

I love this miracle!

And I love that God provided for you in a way that was even bigger and more wonderful than you could have imagined!