“And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering.” (Act 3:11 KJV)
As I was doing my bible reading, I came across this verse that I’ve read time and time again: the story of the crippled man that was healed by Peter and John. The Lord struck me with this passage today, something I’ve overlooked for years! Notice the word, “held”? Yeah, me neither until today!
You’ve seen it on television over and over: a grand prize winner for the lottery, game show, reality show, etc, at the moment of winning the prize. The “winner” is so ecstatic, he/she hugs and clings to the person presenting the prize! Granted, the “presenter” is only a representative of a larger entity. Still, the good news of “winning” overcomes the winner and they have to hug someone!
In much the same way, the lame man held tightly to Peter and John! Not because they healed him but because of the healing itself! Peter addressed this real quick though, in the following verse (v. 12). He tells the onlookers, “…why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?”
Do you hold on to Jesus as you would to someone that presented you with $1,000,000 cash? Or, do you run to God when the mortgage is overdue, lights are about to be cut off, car is going to be repossessed, or a family member is terminally ill? “…Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” (Job 1:21 KJV)
Lord, help us to always hold on tightly to You. Not merely when we’re presented with good news but in all things, daily. Amen.
Today started off with such a HUGE blessing! I met an awesome family for lunch at Goodson’s Cafe and I had such a good time visiting with them! God sure does know how to send the right people at the right time! Thank you, Lord.
I started today’s cross walk in Tomball, on Hwy 249 near FM 2920 (heading towards Magnolia). My original plan was to walk all the way to Magnolia, about 11 miles from my “start” point. I think my ambition was bigger than my endurance (and daylight). The tall weeds, up to 3ft high (see pic below) really took a lot out of me.
I thank God for each and every one of you that stopped to speak with/encourage me! You have no idea how much you blessed me! I want you all to know that I prayed for each and every one of you. The conversation we had was between you, me and God; He knows what’s going on in your lives. I also prayed for our beautiful community and all those that live and/or visit the Tomball area. I ask that you, too, pray for our friends and neighbors here. Let’s show the love of Christ to all those around us.
If you happened to snap a picture of the cross walk, could you send it to me? I want to create a photo album and eventually a documentary of these cross walks but I need your help. Thanks so much!
I was so blessed to meet such awesome people tonight! Each one of you blessed me tremendously, more than you will ever know. Please, pray for everyone that saw the cross being carried tonight. Some may know Jesus, some may not. Some may have known Him but walked away for whatever reason. God knows each and every one of our hearts and He can do a new thing in all of us.
Because Jesus said, “Go”
Once again I was completely blessed to carry the cross in Tombal. You all that stopped to talk, or hand me a water, or honk as you drove by, all of you were such a blessing to me! I want you to know that I prayed for each and every one of you, by name. I also prayed for those that drove by as well as prayed for the beautiful community.
Thursday started off a little slow. I’ve been having some sinus allergy problems as well as the blister issue on my right foot (see pic below). The first thing I did was grab my saline sinus rinse and cleared out my sinus passages with warm salt water. That seemed to help (a little), and I was determined to get out on the street for a cross walk. I find that when things are NOT going “my way” it’s an alert that the enemy is trying to discourage me from being a witness for Christ. So, I grabbed my water bottle, iPod, wrapping tape, I.D., and headed to Academy Sports and Outdoors to find a pair of hiking boots!
I was able to find a modest pair of hiking boots right away. By the way, if you’ve never been to the Academy in Tomball, you owe it to yourself to go there. The staff has always treated me kindly and they are all very helpful. I cannot say enough good things about the way they run this store. So, with new boots in-hand, I headed to my truck, wrapped my toes and slipped on my new boots. I know, I know… you shouldn’t go walking in new shoes. I just wasn’t going to wear my Asics running shoes any more! They are the reason I have blisters!
I started westbound on FM 2920, in front of Dairy Queen and that barbeque place (HC BBQ?). Met a beautiful couple and we talked for a bit; they were such a huge blessing to hear what God is doing in their lives! Further down, a nice young lady crossed two lanes of traffic to hand me a water bottle! God bless her heart! By the way, the cars were all stopped at a light way down the road… she was not in danger. Further down, 2 nice ladies stopped to talk as well. We had a great conversation and they ministered to me tremendously. Towards my turn-around point, 3 young men stopped to talk. They wanted to know what all this cross walking stuff is about. Fair question!
Shortly after the turn-around, I met a young man named, “Miguel.” He told me the Lord has been prompting him to get his life together, to go to church. He told me he saw me walking earlier but he was on his way to the Christian bookstore next to Target to buy a bible (but the store was closed). He saw me on his way home so he stopped to talk. Long story short, Miguel accepted Jesus into his heart on August 2nd, 2012 at 8p at FM 2920 and Park Rd! Saints, please pray for this young man! The Lord has started a work in him! Pray he finds a good church with strong discipleship! As I was praying with Miguel, another car was parked up ahead waiting to speak to me. A nice lady and her young neice were so supportive and encouraging! I cannot tell you how blessed I was to speak with them and all the others too! God is so good!
I made it to my car a tad bit late, sun was down already and there was a cool full moon. I headed back into Academy to exchange the boots because they seem to run a little on the “small” side. Exchange made, I headed home praising God all the way!
Thank you everyone for your prayers and support! I love you all!
Because Jesus said, “Go!”
What a great evening cross walking! I started on Stuebner-Airline and headed west on Spring Cypress Rd (Spring, TX). Almost immediately, a nice man pulled over to encourage me. Throughout the walk there were quite a number of supporters and I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I am to each and every one of you!
Update on my blister: I keep wrapping my middle toe and it seems to be working BUT now 2 other toes are blistering (on the bottom side). Please pray that I’m able to get a good pair of walking shoes/boots as my Asics running shoes aren’t doing their job well.
In the video (below) I’m going to tell you about “the man in the red truck.” Praise God, you never know where people are in their lives…
I’m a little behind on this posting; time slipped by me last night. The walk was great, thank God! I started on FM 2920 near Dowdell and walked Eastbound, towards Kuykendahl. Oddly enough, 2 young ladies on road bikes I saw last week just happened to pass by as I was setting up the cross. I heard one say, “there’s that guy” then they shouted their greetings as they passed by. Funny… to those ladies I’m that guy with the cross.
Good news: the tape on my toe held through the entire walk without moving an inch! I think I finally found a solution to that persistent blister!
I shot the video towards the end of the walk. I’m a little out of breath because I picked up my pace due to the sun going down. Bear with me because there’s a lot of traffic noise, a motorcycle, and then some young men in a Jeep decided to yell something at me.
As always, I thank God for the opportunity to be able to walk my community and pray for all those that see me. You all are such a blessing to me!
There was a proposal outside Jasper’s on Market Street tonight. It was so cool to see this! She was shocked when she stepped out of the restaurant and saw the sign. As you can imagine, a small crowd gathered around waiting for the unsuspecting lady. The gentleman got down on one knee and proposed, she said “yes!”
God bless this couple! Through all the ups and downs in a marriage, I pray these 2 souls keep their eyes on Him.