Merry Christmas everyone!
I have to tell you about a God moment that I had yesterday right before I started preaching.
The text I was preaching on was John 1:19-28 (but I “warmed up” the congregation with John 1:1-18). On Thursday I found what I thought to be a good opening illustration and copied it into the manuscript. It wasn’t the best but it still worked. I then wrote the opening part of the sermon before getting into the “meat”. The main part was a biblical exposition of John which I did not write out word for word (that was the part I knew very well). I saved the sermon on my computer and then transferred it to my Kindle (as I sometimes do).
Sunday morning ~ Everything went well at Belmont (8:30am worship), but when I got to the pulpit at Salem (10:15am worship) God decided to show me that he has a sense of humor ~ and more importantly that God is in control.
As the lector was reading the lessons I turned on my Kindle and pulled up the sermon. I then placed my Kindle in “sleep mode” until I would “wake it up” in the pulpit. So far so good. Nothing unusual.
Then…well…God happened 🙂
I got into the pulpit and read the Gospel text and then proceeded to open the cover of my Kindle.
It was locked up.
Nothing worked. It just stared at me as if to say “Hey buddy…you’re on your own.” A moment of panic set in as I tried to determine what I was going to do without letting the congregation know there was a problem. I knew I couldn’t go on with my opening part of the sermon since I didn’t know it well enough but I did know the main part of the sermon (“the meat”) like the back of my hand.
And then I got it…God didn’t like my sermon opening.
So…on the fly (and by the power of the Holy Spirit)…I began preaching…and the words just came out. As I got going more, I got into the sermon and before long my Kindle problems were a distance memory. After worship I got more good comments about that sermon than I have received in a long time…and from people who normally don’t comment. Praise be to God!!!
I told this story to someone and they suggested I have a backup copy of the sermon on hand next time. Sounds like a logical suggestion but part of me is not too sure I want to do that…
You see…on Sunday, God was in control…and I like that. Isn’t that the way it should be?
P.S. Following worship my Kindle started working perfectly 🙂