It’s been a really long time since I’ve allowed myself to break away and take a vacation. A very good friend and sister in Christ kept inviting me to come to a ladies retreat in Bradenton, FL. She was certain the Lord wanted me there. I finally agreed and decided I’d make a week of it and stay with my Aunt first for a few days in St. Pete. My life has been beyond hectic lately. I’ve been adjusting to a new position at work, taking my first interactive courses for online Bible College, and juggling a lot of personal changes and responsibilities. Could I even afford a vacation? Yet here I sit.
My Aunts condo has a beautiful sunroom that faces the water. I walked in and the first thing I saw was dolphins playing! It was amazing. She had told me the manatees come as well, I had never seen them other than TV. I woke the next morning and prayed, “Lord, bring the manatees to me so that I may see them.” Within no time my Aunt said, “Look Chelle, a manatee!” I did not know she also had prayed asking for the Lord to bring the manatees in for me to see. As I watched them, I saw an unnatural sparkling all around them (there was now not one, not two, but at least three). I was mesmerized by it. I heard the Lord tell me it was the angels calling in the manatees for me to see. My heart smiled as I continued to watch the glistening all around as these gentle creatures came to the surface for air and pictures. My heart smiled.
Some might say, “You really think the Lord had the angels call those manatees into you?” Absolutely! Psalms 37:4 says, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” I truly believe He smiles knowing something so simple could make me smile and that He could teach me and confirm to me what I’d learned in one of my recent Bible classes through it. I can send the angels forth to do my bidding. Psalms 103:20 says, “Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.” One might say here, that is saying do “His” commandments. Let’s look at John 14 :12-14, “12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” Jesus just told us that if we believe not only can we do the same works as him, but greater works shall we do. Wow. Mark 16:17-18 tells us, “17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” You have that power when you believe in the redemptive work of Jesus! My mind was blown, all you have to do is tap into that power!
Thank You Poppa for Your confirmation and thank You for using the precious manatees to do it. Brothers and sisters, it doesn’t even have to be that serious. Manatees! I wanted to see manatees. He was happy to not only allow me to see them, but break down what I had learned through them. Only our God can do that. Nothing is too little, nothing is too big for Him. 💛 ~ Chelle, #f8ithgal