• Rev. Mark Tews

Caller ID

On a Saturday night a pastor working late decided to call his wife before he left for home. It was about 10:00 p.m. but his wife did not answer the phone. The pastor let it ring many times. He thought it was odd that she didn’t answer, but decided to wrap up a few things and try again in a few minutes. When he tried again she answered right away. He asked why she hadn’t answered earlier, and she said it hadn’t rung at their house. They brushed it off as a fluke and went on their merry ways.

The following Monday, the pastor received a call at the church office, which was the phone that he had used that Saturday night. The man that he spoke with wanted to know why he had called on Saturday night. The pastor couldn’t figure out what the man was talking about. Then the man said, “It rang and rang, but I didn’t answer.” The pastor then remembered the mishap and apologized for disturbing him, explaining that he had intended to call his wife and must have dialed the wrong number.

The man said, “That’s okay, do you have a moment, I’d like to tell you my story.” “Of course,” the pastor said, he had time and he was happy to listen to the man’s story. The man said, “You see, I was planning to commit suicide on Saturday night, but before I did, I prayed. I said, ‘God if you don’t want me to do this, let me know, give me a sign now.’ Just then my phone started to ring. I looked at the caller ID and it said ‘Almighty God’. I was afraid to answer! But I knew it had to be the sign I had prayed for, so I am still here.” The man and the pastor continued to talk for hours and later they met. The man eventually became a member of the pastor’s church – Almighty God Tabernacle, whose caller ID always simply says “Almighty God.”

When you find there is nothing left but God that is when you find out God is all you really need.

“The Lord is with you when you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you.”

(2 Chronicles 15:2)