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A Gallon of Milk
Does God speak to us today?

A
young man had and drove on past the intersec- A man’s voice yelled out,
been to a Wednes- tion. Again, he felt that he “Who is it? What do you want?”
day-night Bible should turn down Seventh Then the door opened before
study. The pastor Street. the young man could get away.
had shared about At the next intersection, he The man was standing there in
listening to God turned back and headed down his jeans and t-shirt. He looked
and obeying the Seventh. Half jokingly, he said like he just got out of bed. He
Lord’s voice. The young man out loud, “Okay, God, I will.” He had a strange look on his face
couldn’t help but wonder, “Does drove several blocks, when sud- and he didn’t seem too happy
God still speak to people?” denly, he felt like he should to have some stranger stand-
After the service he went out stop. He pulled over to the curb ing on his doorstep. “What is
with some friends for coffee and and looked around. He was in a it?”
pie, and they discussed the mes- semi-commercial area of town. The young man thrust out
sage. Several of them talked It wasn’t the best, but it wasn’t the gallon of milk, “Here, I
about how God had led them in the worst of neighborhoods ei- brought this to you.”
different ways. ther. The businesses were The man took the milk and
It was about ten o’clock closed and most of the houses rushed down a hallway speak-
when the young man started looked dark, like the people ing loudly in Spanish. Then
driving home. Sitting in his car, were already in bed. from down the hall came a
he just began to pray, “God … if Again, he sensed something, woman carrying the milk to-
You still speak to people, speak Go and give the milk to the ward the kitchen. The man was
to me. I will listen. I will do my people in the house across the following her, holding a baby.
best to obey.” As he drove down street. The baby was crying. The man
the main street of his town, he The young man looked at the had tears streaming down his
had the strangest thought, Stop house. It was dark and it looked face. The man was half speak-
and buy a gallon of milk. like the people were either ing and half crying: “We were
He shook his head and said gone or already asleep. He just praying. We had some big
out loud, “God, is that You?” He started to open the door and bills this month, and we ran
didn’t get a reply, and continued then sat back in the car seat. out of money. We didn’t have
on toward home. But again the “Lord, this is insane. Those any milk for our baby. I was just
thought came to him, Buy a gal- people are asleep, and if I wake praying and asking God to
lon of milk. them up, they are going to be show me how to get some
The young man thought mad and I will look stupid.” milk.”
about the boy Samuel in the Again, he felt like he should His wife in the kitchen
Bible, how he hadn’t recognized go and give them the milk. Fi- yelled out, “I ask Him to send
the voice of God at first nally, he opened the car door. an angel with some. ... Are you
(1Samuel 3:2–10). “Okay, God, “Okay, God, if this is You, I will an angel?”
in case that is You, I will buy the go to the door and I will give The young man reached
milk.” It didn’t seem like too them the milk. If You want me into his wallet and pulled out
hard a test of obedience. to look like a crazy person, okay. all the money he had with him,
He could always use the milk. I want to be obedient. I guess and put it in the man’s hand.
He stopped and purchased the that will count for something, He turned and walked back to-
gallon of milk and started off to- but if they don’t answer right ward his car, tears streaming
ward home. As he passed Sev- away, I am out of here.” He down his face. He knew that
enth Street, he again felt the walked across the street and God still answers prayer.
urge, Turn down that street. rang the bell. He could hear —Author unknown
“This is crazy,” he thought, some noise inside.

R102 GP Prayer. Listening to God. God’s answers. Faith.