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God plays Bingo



Think of life like a Bingo game.

You come into the game with one card and it’s yours for life. As time goes by, God calls out numbers. And, when you least expect it, He calls out your number.

We travel through life, thinking we are in charge. We play the game till our numbers line up and point us to victory. We try to move heaven and earth to find a way that makes sense. The goal, after all, is to make the pieces fit, to line up the numbers, to win.

If we spend our lives thinking THAT is the goal, then we have missed the point all together. The goal is to hear God call our number (and to watch God move heaven and earth to get exactly what HE wants).

God calls our number when HE is ready, not when we think it’s time, or past time. To us it makes sense to line up all the numbers; to God it makes sense to move his people into position for this life and the next.

I have friends who never quite understand; life seemed to never be complete. Understanding eludes them, nothing makes sense. And, more than anything, we want life to make sense, to have meaning and purpose.

God’s numbers are always about mystery. So enjoy! When God calls your number, step out and claim the moment. Take the challenge. Listen for HIS voice.

HE knows how it all fits and when it makes sense.


Is that you?


Rich was very comfortable doing exactly what he had been doing, but these crazy people kept hounding him. They want him on their shortlist for the next CEO of World Vision. “Were they out of their minds?” he thought.

At the close of a conversation with a member of the search committee, Rich was asked, “If you are selected for this job, you will have to travel to some of the worst places in the world. You will be exposed to heartbreaking things: children living in garbage dumps, women who have lost their children to disease, people on their deathbeds with AIDS. Are you comfortable with that?”

“Comfortable?” Rich gasped. “I am so uncomfortable with that, I can’t even express it! I am terrified! I am not the guy you want at your bedside in the midst of your suffering.”

For days Rich pushed this pending venture as far away as he could.

Then came that bewildering morning call, “Rich, this is Bob. I’ve gathered the six members of the search committee together and asked them to write their first choice on a slip of paper, fold it, and pass it to me. Your name was on each one. You’ve got the job!”

“What? But I don’t want the job. I can’t do this job. This can’t be right.”

After he calmed down a bit, Rich told Bob, “Well, you better keep the second guy on the hook.”

Then, just before Rich and his wife were to fly to Seattle to do a little first-hand World Vision investigation, Keith, a well-healed entrepreneur, surprised Rich with a job offer that would mean millions of dollars in options.

Rich was interested, but he had to tell Keith of his dilemma without revealing the World Vision name. “We have to go check out this charitable organization. I have to finish the process, regardless. Then, I’ll give you an answer.”

Keith was amazed that Rich was even considering leaving his career, but out of the blue he began…

“Decades ago,” he stated, “my wife and I adopted a little girl from India. Then at age ten she died. The loss tore us apart. Months later I was going through the mail and saw an appeal from a group called World Vision. I responded and they connected me with a new “daughter.” For years we wrote. If that’s the kind of thing you are leaving business to do, well, that I can understand.”

“World Vision IS the group, Keith. They want me to be their US President.”

God was calling Rich’s number. B1

Read about Rich and World Vision in The Hole in Our Gospel,” by Richard Stearns.


Looking back on your life, when has God called your number, surprised you with something unexpected and out-of-the-box?

What did you do? Have you thanked HIM?

Are you still listening? The call usually comes when you are comfortable or have your eye focused somewhere else. Don’t try to fit all of life together. Take it one number at a time.

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April 1, 2012 | 0 Comments More