Bruce Baber (17
A number of years ago, we moved to Tennessee. My father
who lived in Kentucky was was aged and ill. We decided to
move my father in with us, but that meant finding a suitable
house as we were living in an apartment at the time.
We found a house that was one level and it had a circular drive
that came right up to the front door so it would be convenient
for wheelchair access. It was in the same district where
my daughter was going to school. Part of the house was
built so that my father could use it as a separate apartment and
have his own private living space with his own bedroom, den and
bathroom. The rest of the house was large enough for my
wife and I, our daughter and even had an extra room for when my
son came to visit. The large backyard was fenced so even
our dog could feel at home. Just one big problem. It
was out of our budget.
Naturally I prayed about it. Hoped for a sign. I
started the process with the paperwork hoping I would get
qualified. After a while, I got a call to come to the
bank. I prayed all the way to the bank. What I saw
outside the bank when I arrived was a confirmation to
prayer. Allow me to explain.
Years earlier I needed a sign from God for financial
provision. I was calling on a client and saw a lone
seagull standing in the parking lot at his business.
Seeing a seagull in Kentucky where I was then living was very
unusual. It happens very, very rarely. Seagulls
sometimes are seen near large lakes hundreds of miles from the
ocean, but where I was living it was highly unusual. But
there was that seagull standing in my client's parking
lot. I took hope that it was a sign and went in to see my
client. He handed me a check for a project and the
provision I needed.
Years passed and I was driving up to the parking lot of the bank
and praying about the house we needed. As I drove up, what
did I see? At least one hundred seagulls! Some were flying
in circles around the bank. Some were standing on the
grass around the bank. Some were standing in the parking
lot. All of them were on the bank property (or over
it). None were next door on either side of the bank.
Just right where I needed to see them as a sign from God.
Please understand I would normally have to drive 8 hours to the
seashore to see so many. Yes sometimes a few gather at
large lakes many miles from the seashore. Yet here I was
seeing them many miles from such a body of water and right at
the precise time I needed to see them. I got the loan and
moved into the house.
My father passed away before we could get him moved but we
enjoyed the house for many years. I told practically no
one about the seagulls. I didn't want to seem crazy for
believing in signs and miracles. Who am I that God should
give signs and miracles? Just an average person in every
way. I'm not someone special.
A number of years have passed. Life has had its ups and
downs. I had a stroke. A long recovery.
Battled depression. Lost my job and stand at the brink of
having to move out of that home God gave us.
I am just days from having movers come to store our furniture
and not sure where I am going to live. Is Jesus going to
come in the next nine days to take us to our eternal home?
I don't know. But, I felt led to share the story of the gulls
and affirm that every word is true. God does do miracles
even in this day and age for average people.
I don't know what the future holds. But I believe in signs
and miracles even for plain average people. If possible,
I'll keep you posted and... I'll keep looking up!