For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
You never know how quickly your life can be changed. In 1967, my wife and I walked into an arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We had come to hear the well-known Evangelist Dr. Ford Philpot for an evening service of the Christian and Missionary Alliance General Conference. I found myself captivated by the gravel-voiced preacher, his clear-cut message and his Kentucky twang. Also, his sense of humor was refreshing. I never heard any preacher ever give stronger altar calls – especially for men to receive Christ.
A couple of years later, while pastoring in Sandusky, Ohio, the evangelical churches had an area-wide crusade for Christ, the first in their history. Dr. Philpot and his team were invited to lead us in the 8-day effort. The Lord had been dealing with me that a change was coming in my ministry, but I had no idea what it would be. When the crusade was over, Dr. Philpot asked me spend a few days with him. During that time he said, “Dan, I want you to pray about coming to our home city of Lexington, Kentucky, and serving as my Associate Evangelist. I want you to write and produce our syndicated television show, The Story, edit our magazine, The Storyteller, and preach in crusades that I cannot get to.” Three months later my family and I found ourselves moving to the blue grass state. For the next three years, I was with that wonderful minister in crusades all over the world. One night in Kinshasa, Zaire, over 100,000 attended a night meeting and thousands came to Christ.
My friend, if you are feeling in your heart that God is about to do something with you, be open to His leading. He knows what is best for your life and His kingdom. It could be this very day that the new path is opened to you.
Prayer: O God, may my heart and mind always be tuned in to hear your voice. I don’t want to miss any door that you have opened. You have created me for a special reason, and I pray that my life will truly and accurately reflect that reason. Amen.