By: Dr. Jacqueline Simmons
Scripture: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8?-?9 KJV).
In retrospect, most of us can remember God making “moves” in our lives which we did not understand. In fact, we did not realize until “further up the road” that it was for a purpose-his purpose. A friend of mine and her husband who live in a distant city said to me that while they were shopping, God told them to purchase a crown for me they had noticed in a store. With astonishment, the crown was accepted, but with wonderment as to what was its purpose. It eventually gained dust along with other items where it was placed and nearly forgotten.
Several years ago, God commissioned me to spearhead an Annual Palm Sunday Pantomime to be held at Triumph Baptist Church here in Monroe, LA where Rev. Eddie Stewart serves as our beloved pastor.
The highest point in the program is when our resurrected Savior, Jesus Christ, reappears attired in royal clothing including a crown. At this point, this writer realize the signficance of earlier gift of the crown.
Eventually, the pantomime program accelerated to the point where my daughter ordered full royal attire for the King. To my astonishment, another crown arrived, also. Two crowns??? Surely the other crown was not needed.
A few years ago, during a pantomime presentation, the holy spirit called my attention to the fact that the crown the young man was to wear had disappeared. Without it, the highest point of the pantomime would be sabotaged. Different people in the church had tried to locate it but to no avail. Eventually, this writer was able to catch my sister “Dena” eyes and instruct her to drive to the house in which God permits me to live and bring the other crown.
Upon arriving at her car, she discovered it being blocked by another vehicle. God divinely intervened by sending an angel in the form of a man “to make a way” for her exit. She returned to the church just as the young man who was portraying Jesus was positioned to enter the sanctuary in victory as our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ followed by the thief who accepted salvation while being crucified with him.
Postlude: A few days ago, one of my bowl of adopted children, Minister Pamela Nash Blake, discovered the so-called missing crown in a very conspicuous place located in the home in which I live. God! God!! God!!!
Thank God!!! We don’t know what our future holds, but by the grace of God, we do know who holds our future. Pray for me and I’m praying for you.
P.S. My friends, do you know that whoever mistreats or treats kindly God’s people, they are persecuting or treating kindly, his son, Jesus Christ? He feels it just as we do (Matthew 25: 35-40). Pray for Jesus’ persecutors . God is moved with the feelings of our infirmities, also (Hebrews 4:15). Remember, Jesus loves you this I know.