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Winter Fleece

December 21, 2010
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holy moly!

Ever heard of someone ‘putting out a fleece? This is the practice of asking God for a sign to confirm His will. And yes I did that, I hadn’t done it before and haven’t done it since. It was December 4th, 2009 and My wife and I were in Chicago, Illinois, considering an offer to become the intern/missionaries for a thriving Vineyard Church (now named Greater Chicago Church). My wife and I had moved to Redding, California 2 years earlier to attend ministry school. Not just any school but one where we learned to pray for the sick and encourage people with prophecy and the love of God. Fast forward 2 years and some change to the night in question. I sat in front of a T.V. watching my Lakers play the Miami Heat. With 2:00 minutes left to play they were down by nine points, it was lookin bad. As my wife sat on my lap I proclaimed,”IF THE LAKERS WIN THIS GAME THEN WE KNOW WE ARE SUPPOSED TO MOVE TO CHICAGO”. Then I thought to myself,” did I really just say that?”. Yep it was a fleece Old Testament style. From Judges 6:36-40:

36 Then Gideon said to God, “If You will deliver Israel through me, as You have spoken,37 behold, I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor. If there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I will know that You will deliver Israel through me, as You have spoken.”38 And it was so. When he arose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece, he drained the dew from the fleece, a bowl full of water.39 Then Gideon said to God, “Do not let Your anger burn against me that I may speak once more; please let me make a test once more with the fleece, let it now be dry only on the fleece, and let there be dew on all the ground.”40 God did so that night; for it was dry only on the fleece, and dew was on all the ground.

So I knew we (my wife Liz and two kids Andre 2, and Kiki 7 months at the time) were supposed to move to Chicago mid-winter, but maybe I was looking for a little assurance. Our hearts have been here ever since we fell in love and got married here (and Africa! a whole other story). Us returning was a bit of a foregone conclusion. In any event I said it and then with a little over 3 seconds on the clock and the score Miami 107 and L.A 105. The Lakers in bounded the ball. Kobe then hit what he calls “the luckiest shot of my career”. Watch it here: http://www.nba.com/2009/news/features/12/09/hangtime.blog/index.html

Pandemonium ensues and I wake up my sleeping daughter yelling. But me I don’t think it was luck, just a cloth full of water…


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