I wonder how often you find yourself praying one of those "I need you to show up God, and I need you to show up now" prayers? I had one of those moments when we were in Zambia earlier this year. We were at what we were told was going to be a pastors briefing where each of the Serenje pastors would give an update on what was going on in their churches. But just as we were going into the meeting one of the leaders asked me if I'd be willing to share something - "just 30 minutes or so"!
I rapidly thought through all the "elephant in the church" talks but it didn't seem like any of them were going to fit :-) And I didn't feel this was one of those moments to delegate to one of the other members of the team! So I sat there listening to the pastors updates praying for an angelic visitation or Jesus to come again - neither of which happened.
The only idea I had somewhere in the recesses of my mind was to talk about the feeding of the five thousand, but I didn't have any notes on it and I'm not sure I've ever preached on it before. So with no better idea I found the version in Mark 6:30-44 and was still asking God to intervene as I walked up to the lectern, with a load of expectant faces looking at me.
Come back tomorrow to find out what happened next!