Pastor Phillip Spence, whom I had met during some of my dearly-departed’s hospital stays, was being honored with the title of Bishop during a Consecration service on July 20, 2014. I wanted to attend this event to show support for Pastor Spence – because he had been so good to our family during various stays in the hospital – but I had never been to his church before. I questioned whether I should be going because I would be missing my regular church service at 10:30 am to attend Pastor Spence’s Consecration service at 11:00 am. I felt I was doing the right thing but wanted to be sure, so I prayed to Jesus for a clear sign.
Upon arriving at Pastor Spence’s church, I went inside the crowded building and found a seat. That’s when Jesus showed me the sign I had prayed for. Reading through the program, I saw that the Pastor of my regular church – that I was missing – Father John Ball, was giving the Invocation right there at Pastor Spence’s Consecration-to-Bishop service. Of all the churches and all the clergy in the state of Maryland – the fact that it was the very Pastor of the very church that I had prayed to Jesus for, asking for a clear sign of approval for missing … it was “that” Pastor – who was attending the very same service as I, in support of the very same event as I.
What can be more clear of a sign than that?
This is an example of what I mean when I say “we” have to “recognize” the evidence of two-way communications between us and our very real and living God, Jesus Christ – and we have to recognize it “when we receive it” – for it to be two-way communications between heaven and earth – and “not write it off as another crazy coincidence”.
Realizing what had just happened, I smiled and said to the Lord with my inner-thoughts “Thank you for giving me the clear sign I asked for. Now I truly am 100% sure that I am right where you want me to be”.
Congratulations to my friend who has earned a promotion from Pastor – to Bishop – Mr. Phillip Spence.