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God is willing to look out for us & take care of us. The truth is that we can trust God, even when we don’t fully understand Him. Let me conclude this morning’s sermon with a brief story from Franklin Graham’s fine book, Rebel with a Cause. It took place when young Franklin was still far from God. He met a man named Lester. Lester was full of faith in God. He wanted to be a missionary. The fact that he had no theological training didn’t hinder him. He thought he could communicate to the local farmers in his own way. I couldn’t believe it when he planted 40 acres of barley about a month earlier than everybody else. As he sowed the seed he told me, "I’ll need rain within 10 days for the seeds to germinate." "But, Lester, it hasn’t rained here for months." I told him. "What do you need to plant barley for anyway?" Lester explained that if his crop came up earlier and thicker than the other farmers around him, they might come and ask how he did it, and then Lester could share his techniques with them and more important share his faith. But he needed rain. Lester got up looked me in the eye, and nodded. "It will rain. God showed me in a vision. I was to plant the seed, and He would make the barley grow. Don’t worry, Franklin, the rain will come." By the fourth night I had forgotten about Lester’s prayer. I went up on the roof as usual, turned my radio on, and didn’t realize I had fallen asleep until something struck my face. I brushed it aside and went back to sleep. Then I got hit again. I slowly opened my eyes. That ’something’ hitting my cheeks was wet. I sat up & shook my head. It was raining."

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