A story of meat and potatoes

Discussion in 'Religious Discussions' started by ampaterry, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    West Tennessee
    Jukers testimony of God's leading inspired me to tell a story from my life as well.

    When we lived in IL and both kids were home, we used to buy meat by the side and have it cut up and flash frozen, and store it in our big old chest freezer. On a trip to Peoria to pick up a half a beef, there was a semi parked on the shoulder of Rt. 29 with a sign up selling potatoes in hundred pound bags at a GREAT price. We stopped and bought a bag, and Judy said "Let's get a bag for the pastor too!" He had a PASSEL of kids, and the tiny home mission church was his only income, so I readily agreed as I knew he could use them. We proceeded to get our meat order and hauled it home to store in the freezer. Try as we might, there were about two grocery sacks of cuts left over that absolutely would NOT fit in the freezer, so I said "Heck, let's take them to the pastor too, along with the potatoes."
    We drove to his house and unloaded the meat and potatoes, hauled them to his porch and knocked on his door. He answered, we gave them to him, and he thanked us very graciously - with a kind of odd expression on his face.
    End of story - I thought.

    Several months later in a Sunday service, he got on the topic of faith.
    He told us that a few months earlier, he and his wife found themselves completely broke and without a speck of food in the house. She asked him what they should do, and he said to set the table and thank God for the food which he would provide. She did, and they all sat down to empty plates and thanked God for his bounty. Then, he said, there was a knock on the door and when he answered it, two members of the church were standing on his step with a huge sack of potatoes and two grocery bags of meat.

    We sat there in shock - tears running down our cheeks. We had NO IDEA we had been following God's specific direction, and we had no idea he was in such dire straits at that time.

    So often, we follow God's leading and don't even know it -
  2. lonewolf204

    lonewolf204 Well-Known Member

    Apr 10, 2011
    Terry thats a great story! We never know when, where or how god will use us. We all should be ready when he calls for us to help! Thanks for sharing with us!

  3. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico
    Simply beautiful
  4. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    Jul 28, 2008
    DAV, Deep in the Pineywoods of E. Texas!
    Yet another inspiring story! Ya gotta love it! Sometimes we don't hear God talking to us untill we are in a quite place, and at other times you can hear him screaming at you!
  5. 308 at my gate

    308 at my gate New Member

    Dec 6, 2008
    Lost in SW USA.
    That is a great story and thanks for sharing it with us.
  6. Juker

    Juker New Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Land of Lincoln
    Thanks for sharing this, Terry. We can never give too much.
  7. 1 Eyed Jack

    1 Eyed Jack New Member

    Aug 19, 2011
    Thanks for sharing that, we are but tools in the hands of a seasoned Craftsman, are we not?
  8. Brisk44

    Brisk44 New Member

    Mar 6, 2011
    Thank you for sharing that with us Terry. I love to hear stories of GOD's plans.
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