Category Archives: God’s Love

How God Wove a Tragedy Into Something Good.

michalski_1532631089390_93420735_ver1.0_900_675Officer Michael Michalski’s funeral happened exactly one week after he was shot and killed while trying to make an arrest. The details of his murder aren’t important. What is important is what God did next.

Officer Michalski, a born-again Christian,  was saved only five years before he died. Salvation changed him. He stopped hating the criminals he arrested, and he decided that just like them he was a sinner. When he made an arrest, he prayed for that person.

“Every person, every person that I am involved in arresting, I pray for them, I pray that while they’re sitting in that jail cell that they seek the Lord,” —Officer Michael Michalski

In 2016, Officer Michalski shared his testimony at a southside Milwaukee church. No one knew then that his video-recorded speech would one day “go viral” . . .
No One except God.

Soon after the officer’s death on July 25, 2018, stories of his faith emerged. Michalski’s testimony video started trending on social media, and secular news channels shared stories about his faith.

“Salvation is the most important thing in the world, both now and hereafter. If you are not saved, nothing really matters.”—Officer Michael Michalski

Only God knows how many were saved, or will be saved, from personal encounters with Michalski and also through his legacy.

funeral

At the beginning of Officer Michalski’s funeral, the sun shone brightly on Grace Community Church in West Allis, WI. But, afterward, while his casket was wheeled outside to the awaiting hearse, a passing shower became a passing storm. Rain poured hard from the deep, purple sky and so did a quick burst of pea-sized hail. As the hearse, followed by countless law enforcement vehicles, started toward the cemetery, the rain stopped. God set a rainbow in the sky, the angry, gray clouds broke into the shape of angel wings,
[Click here for photos.] . . .

And as a saluting officer stood at attention honoring his fallen comrade, a blue butterfly landed on the holster holding that officer’s gun.

God doesn’t make mistakes.
While we might think the messy details of life are worthy only of the compost pile, God sees them as something beautiful—and recycles them into His plan.

_____________________________

july2016facebook.jpg

Are you on Facebook? Check out my page where I post about my books along with daily articles and inspiration for writers.
_____________________________

*NOTE: Any ads appearing in this post were not put there by me nor do I endorse them. WordPress sometimes posts ads in exchange for hosting this free blog.

 

Advertisements

1 Comment

Filed under Blessings, Death, Faith, God sightings, God's grace, God's Love, Hope, Miracles, Politics and Current Events, Salvation, Someone You Should Know, Uncategorized

A Septillion Snowflakes

A Septillion SnowflakesDid you know that about one septillion snowflakes fall during an average winter? To put it in perspective, a septillion is equal to a trillion trillion! That’s a lot of snowflakes.

Now consider that no two snowflakes are alike. How do we know? Because, according to crystallographers (scientists who study the structure of crystals), not all water molecules are exactly the same, and snowflakes are made up of water molecules. Add to that winter’s unstable atmospheric conditions. Snowflakes react to temperature changes as they pass through the atmosphere, and that causes them to change their shape and design. To find any two exactly alike is virtually impossible.

A septillion snowflakes, no two alike, each brilliantly designed by our Creator.

Like snowflakes, we humans are unique and complex. Each of us is shaped for God’s purpose. He not only gives us one-of-a-kind DNA, but also unique creative gifts (1 Corinthians 7:7), reasons for existence (Ephesians 1:11), abilities (2 Corinthians 3:5), personalities (1 Samuel 16:7) and experiences (Romans 8:28).

So, if you look out your window and see snowflakes spilling from the sky, remember that you are not all that different from these matchless, tiny masses of ice. In God’s eyes you are small, and yet you are a perfect and indispensable part of His great and mighty plan.

I will give thanks to You,
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
—Psalm 139:14 (NASB)

_____________________

A Septillion SnowflakesHave a little fun today.
Barkley Interactive offers a virtual snowflake maker.
Click HERE, but be warned it’s addictive.

_____________________________________________

If you are on Facebook, check out my page where I post daily articles and inspiration for writers. And while you’re there, I’d appreciate it if you’ll click on the “like” button near the top of the page. Thanks!

jan2015FB

_____________________________________________

*NOTE: Any ads appearing in this post were not put there by me nor do I endorse them. WordPress sometimes posts ads in exchange for hosting this free blog.

Leave a comment

Filed under God's greatness, God's Love, Knowing God, Uncategorized, Winter

How Could a Loving Father . . .?

“How could a loving father allow his son to die in such a way?”

People will ask that question more often this week than at any other time of year. They will see Christ’s crucifixion from purely a human point of view comparing God to a human father who wouldn’t come to the aid of his son but instead allowed him to die in the most cruel and suffering way.

But, God is not a human Father. Neither was Jesus human. He was God come to earth in human form.

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
God was manifest in the flesh (Jesus) . . . 1 Timothy 3:16

Beyond our human comprehension, God exists simultaneously as Father and Son. Jesus and God are One.

If we view Jesus’ crucifixion from that perspective, things change. We understand that Christ’s crucifixion was not God proving His power over humans by inflicting terrible pain and suffering on His human Son. Instead, we see God in the flesh, enduring the pain and suffering that we humans inflict on Him—and all the while He continues to forgive and love us.

You might think of it this way: Any loving human father would feel terrible pain and suffering if his children consistently hurt and rejected him. He would worry: What if death separates us forever before this gets resolved?

God is no different. He doesn’t want death to separate us from Him. So, He made a way for that not to happen. The crucifixion represents God allowing Himself, in the human form of Jesus, to endure the pain and suffering (sin) that WE, His children, inflict upon Him. We humans killed Jesus in the flesh. But because Jesus and God are One, it was our Heavenly Father whom we tried to kill. But, God prevailed. He did not die. God proved to us His power over death, over sin.

And here’s the most important part:

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them;
for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34

We are the THEY in that sentence. We are the children who consistently inflict pain and suffering on God, our Father, whenever we sin. And because God will not coexist with sin, it separates us from Him.

But God forgives us.

If we believe in His love and forgiveness, He promises that sin will never separate us from Him. We will not die in the flesh, but instead, like Jesus, we’ll live forever with God and be loved by Him with a love that we, as humans, can only imagine.

So, as Good Friday approaches, set aside your human understanding, and try to see Jesus’ crucifixion from God’s point of view.

How wonderful that our Heavenly Father
endures all the suffering that we cause Him
and still continues to love and forgive us.

_____________________________

Are you on Facebook? Check out my page where I post daily articles and inspiration for writers. And while you’re there, I’d appreciate it if you’ll click on the “like” button near the top of the page. Thanks!

jan2015FB

_____________________________________________

*NOTE: Any ads appearing in this post were not put there by me nor do I endorse them. WordPress sometimes posts ads in exchange for hosting this free blog.

4 Comments

Filed under Easter, God's Love, Good Friday