A Birthday Present From God

Posted: August 11th, 2009 | Author: Gregg Stutts | Filed under: Relationships, Truth | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »

40 Days of Believing God – Day 10

I’ve shared the following story before, but I know it will be new to many of you. It has to do with the night God revealed His feelings to me.

October 3, 2002, was the day before my 40th birthday, so I did something I’d never done before…I asked God for a birthday present. I realize that sounds a little strange, but that’s what I did. I also got the sense that God was saying, “yes.”

Since my birthday was the next day, I naturally assumed my present would come that day. It didn’t. Of course, I didn’t really know what I was looking or waiting for. All I’d asked for was a present. I hadn’t specified a particular item, color or size.

So I began to do what I usually do when I can’t see God working–I began to doubt. Maybe I hadn’t really sensed God saying “yes.” Maybe I’d made it up.

About ten days later, I was in New Jersey for a couple of nights visiting my dad and step-mom. My dad had paid for my flight so I could visit and we could go to a football game together. One night while in bed, I was debating with myself and with God about my “present.” I was trying to believe God was going to come through, but I was doubting more than believing.

I fell asleep around 11:00 p.m., but woke up about an hour later from a terrible dream. In my dream, I’d been accused of murdering two people. All the circumstantial evidence pointed to my guilt even though I was innocent.

My first thought after coming out of the dream was, “Lord, what was that all about? It’s a terrible feeling to not be believed.”

What happened next is still the most intimate moment I’ve ever experienced with God. I did not hear a voice, but just as clearly as if had, I sensed God say, “That’s how I feel when You don’t believe Me.”

By the end of that month, God hadn’t come through with one present. He had showered me with many presents. Here they are:

  • My dad paid for my trip to New Jersey to spend a weekend with him.
  • I got to see a NASCAR race at Talladega, including a pass to the driver’s meeting and chapel service. All expenses paid.
  • I got to go on a three-day pheasant hunting trip to South Dakota. All expenses paid.
  • I got a 21% raise at work.
  • Friends of ours gave us $2,000.

The circumstantial evidence in your life may lead you to believe God is not good and can’t be believed. Don’t “convict” God based on the circumstantial evidence though. You can believe Him. Trust His character. He’s His own character witness and can always be believed.

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”  –Hebrews 11:6

Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” –Mark 4:38-40

“And he was amazed at their lack of faith.”  –Mark 6:6

While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher any more?”

Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” –Mark 5:35-37

3 Comments on “A Birthday Present From God”

  1. 1 Nikki Breaux said at 8:25 AM on August 15th, 2009:

    Your posts are right on. I think Joey has talked with you about our dilemma with our house in Texas. Yet, we have both been blessed by God in the following ways:

    1)We both have stable jobs AND received raises (praise be to the teaching salary schedule, raises don’t stop til after the 30th year of experience, or more, depending on the degree you hold).

    2) I received 2 students for piano lessons this summer, will be adding one more next week, and my original 2 after school gets started; plus the possiblity of 2 more.

    3) I just answered a call yesterday to play for a wedding in September.

    4) Lauren and I worked long, long hours selling raffle tickets for the truck giveaway at the Grape Festival, and we were reimbursed twice as much as we had originally thought for gas, food, and dress expenses. (Not to mention that we met hundreds of friendly folks in the area). AND she got a $750 scholarship, courtesy of Waste Management (who said you have to finish first to win?) AND we borrowed a dress from a friend, free, except for the dry cleaning bill.

    5) We were able to have all the children together in Little Rock for lunch, first time since Rachel and Richard’s wedding (Totally wish Rachel could have been there….but will enjoy seeing her in September).

    6) My aunt and uncle FINALLY got to come for a 2 week visit (The only one who was able to come to the kids’ wedding, Judy,in spite of the fact that Uncle Willie is a dialysis patient. The care he received surpassed his dialysis center back home. (Big Blessing!!!) They had been wanting to visit for several years, but had not been able to until now.

    7) We were able to rent a very nice home, with an office AND 2 living areas, and 4 bedrooms, for the same rent we had been paying, and it is in my sister’s neighborhood — with a pool…. even more fun for the girls.

    8) Richard has been kept safe ever since he joined the Marines, which only happened through prayer of numerous people and the blessings of God!

    So, I wanted to share these blessings with you, because I, too, was feeling anxious and worried about many things. I am striving to offer up these challenges to God, who will reveal His plan when the time is right.

    Thanks for the 40 days…. you are doing a fantastic job!

  2. 2 How to Wait Well | Gregg Stutts said at 1:00 PM on September 22nd, 2015:

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  3. 3 How to Wait Well | I Believe God said at 2:39 PM on September 22nd, 2015:

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