“Mandy, I really want the ladies to have something to take home with them. Some memento of the night and of the message. Do you have any ideas?” I asked my friend. In a few short weeks I was scheduled to speak at the Ladies’ Night Out event at First Baptist Church of Breckenridge, so I needed to act fast.
“How about we paint rocks and put verses on them?” she suggested.
That sounded like a great idea! After we brainstormed a little more, I decided to ask 10 friends to paint (and pray over) 10-15 rocks each for the event. Attendance was scheduled to be around 100-150, so I should have plenty of rocks.
With each passing day, the number of tickets sold grew. When projected attendance went from 150 to 200, I had to enlist more friends to paint rocks. I began praying, “God, please provide enough rocks for the event, and please make sure the messages on them are exactly what your girls need to hear.”
Tickets sales ended, and 260 tickets had been sold for the event. Where in the world would I get enough rocks?
God always provides.
When all of the rocks were collected, I had 5 baskets of rocks.
In fact I ended up with so many rocks, that not only each person at the event got a rock, I was also able to give a rock to each person who painted them for me.
And I still have a whole basket of rocks left over!
The story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 is now very real to me.
In Matthew 14:15-21, Jesus and his disciples are ministering to thousands of men, women, and children. As it’s getting late, one of the disciples suggested sending the crowds away so that they could by themselves something to eat.
Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
‘Bring them here to me,’ Jesus said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was 5,000 men, besides woman and children.
I know it sounds silly, but I can’t tell you how much these rocks have strengthened my faith. I am so blown away by the way He always provides, and that no detail goes unnoticed by the King of the World. God is speaking to His children through these rocks.
Now I’m just excited to see what He wants me to do with the basket I have left.
If you were touched by the rock you received at the LNO event in Breckenridge, I would love to hear from you! Email your story to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will randomly select 5 responses, and those people will receive a free autographed Praying with Power prayer journal! Deadline is December 12th.