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God's Black Velvet Pants

Good morning. It is Friday, June 18, 2021.

Working at Better Life Television is such a blessing to me. Not only did I need employment, but I needed a 'tribe' of co-workers that are of one mind. People that are kind, loving, thoughtful. People who are helpful, without so much as a sigh.

It is such a blessing to meet with these co-workers each morning around 9 o'clock and have worship together. We pray for each other and lift one another up during hard times. We also have the awesome privilege of praying for other people. We have many prayer requests that come into the station on a weekly basis.

Here is just a sampling of what we get on a regular basis:

Pray for healing for Greg who was just diagnosed with Colon Cancer. Not looking good. Medford, OR

Pray for Frances that God would heal him completely from cancer or allow remission. Via Phone

Pray for a family to put God first in their lives and be ready for the soon return of Jesus. Cottage Grove, OR

Patrick is asking for prayer for his friend who is dealing with addiction. Via Phone

Please pray that L. and H. will accept Jesus as their personal savior. Via Mail

Pray for Julie that she will have complete healing of her liver and find comfort. Via Phone

Pray for all who have health issues. Pray for Jesus to come soon. Pray for peace. Myrtle Creek, OR

Donald is asking for prayer that his brother will become a Christian. Portland, OR

Pray that a friendship can be restored. Via Mail

Pray for Randy who is on life-support, that he will come to know God. Via Phone

I have hundreds more.

I once heard a non-believer scoff, “prayer is a sign of weakness.”

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Prayer is the most powerful source we have at our fingertips. It is the most powerful source in the universe.

I do not fully understand why God gave us the ability to connect to Heaven and to His throne in this manner. He certainly does not need our help. He is all-knowing, all-powerful. He does not need a sinner’s request to do anything! He has nothing to prove; or does He? Does He desire to prove himself to us? I believe the answer is yes.

Jehovah has allowed this great honor of connecting to Him; of becoming partners if you will, in a way that strengthens our faith and gets things done.

If you were to ask me “why do you believe in God?” It would not be because I was raised to believe in Him. It would not be because I read the Bible and choose to believe. My honest answer would be “Because I have seen Him work time and time again. I have had answers to prayer that defy logic. I have seen God work in my life. I have felt Him and heard Him and there is no other explanation. He has proved Himself to me numerous times.

I want to share just one of those times with you today.

It was 2005. I was a member of Rogue Review. We were a group of singers and musicians, and we played 5 shows that year. We had a Christmas show, a back to the 50's show, a Valentine's show etc.

For the Valentine's show I knew what I wanted to wear. I had a gorgeous, deep-red blouse and I wanted a pair of black velvet pants to go with it.

Soon after Christmas, right around the beginning of the year, I began looking for black velvet pants. I could not find a pair. I looked in Medford and Grants Pass. I looked in every store I could think of, but came up empty-handed. I was told, with Christmas over, it was not the season for black velvet pants. But I kept looking.

If we went to Eugene, I looked at the mall. If we visited my mom on the coast, I would look at stores there. I spent over 5 weeks looking for black velvet pants.

The Sunday before the show I decided to try the mall in Medford one more time. We arrived too early, it was Sunday, and the stores were not open yet. We waited in the parking lot until they did.

I looked at many stores inside the mall. I finally found myself in Macy's...I looked and looked. Nothing. I was giving up hope when suddenly I felt impressed to pray about it. I also thought, this is not important enough to pray about. Again, I felt the impression to pray about it. So, there in Macy's Department store, I bowed my head and prayed something like: "Father, I know you have much more important things to worry about, wars, hurting children, pain and suffering, but could you please help me find a pair of black velvet pants. Thank you Father, Amen"

AS SOON AS I SAID AMEN, I heard God’s still small voice "See that rack WAY over there? Go to it."

I must have looked like a crazy woman. A smile beamed across my face as I began zig-zagging my way through clothing racks as fast as I could to get to the other side of the store. I KNEW I would find a pair of black velvet pants. I knew it! And I was excited!

As I approached the rack, the first thing I saw was a sign that read: 75%-off. The second thing I saw was black velvet material. My heart raced as I reached for the only pair of black velvet pants on that entire rack; they were my size!

My heart was filled to overflowing with joy and gratitude.

I said "Thank you Father! Thank you! Thank you!" But as soon as I thanked Him, I heard that still, small voice again, and this time I heard “But I don't want you to wear them. I want you to wear the dress next to them."

It was not an option; it was a matter-of-fact statement. I immediately said "Okay Father"

I grabbed the dress, (and the black velvet pants,) and I made my way to the check-out. Not only was the rack 75% off, but my two items had been marked down in addition to that and I bought them both for just a few dollars.

Valentine's night, we were at a sold-out crowd at the Rogue Theater. Charles Wright, on keyboard and vocals, and I in my gorgeous new dress, sang Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole's Unforgettable, and it was magical.

The next Monday I was working the front desk at the radio station when an elderly man walked in the front door. I had never seen him before, and I never saw him after.

He walked straight up to the counter, looking me in the eyes the entire time, and said, "You sang at the Rogue Theater last week, didn't you?" I smiled and said "yes." He then replied, with tears in his eyes, "that was the most beautiful dress I have ever seen". With that, he turned and walked out without another word!

Was he an angel sent to reaffirm by obedience? Did my dress remind him of someone or something in days-gone-by? I will not know until heaven. But I just sat there staring at him as he left, wondering, what just happened?!?

I was so thankful that I had listened and responded to the prompt to "buy the dress." It was either a test or, it was meant to bless one older gentleman who then took the time to thank me.

WOW! To be used by heaven. It just blows my mind when I think about it. What an honor!

Philippians 4:19 ESV “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

Remember to pray. God cares about the little things, as well as the big things. If you have a willing heart, He can use you; and He will.

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