Do You ‘Save’ Seats At Church?

After reading I Will: Nine Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian by Thom Rainer, I told myself I’d never save seats at church.  If I had friends or family meeting me at church, but someone wanted the seats next to me I was never going to say, “These seats are saved.”  I’d happily say, “the seats are yours.”

Well, yesterday, my aunt and I got to church a little early.  My friend, his wife, and three kids were going to meet us there, so my aunt and I got some seats.  I told my aunt I don’t save seats.  Well, she left a space between me and sat down.

More and more people started coming down the aisles looking for seats.  I prefer end seats so when I’m singing and moving around I’m not bumping into anyone.  In our row some people took the opposite end (I’m guessing there’s about 12-15 seats per row). 

There was a row behind me I noticed one man sat down directly behind me.  Then the whole middle was open, from the man behind me until about 3 people on the opposite end.

As people started getting seats a couple game down and looked in our row and asked to come in.  So, of course we let them.  It was odd, because the row behind us had all those empty seats… but it was ok.  I figured when my friend comes with his family my aunt and I would give our seats to them and then we’d go find two seats nearby.

Funny… my friends are nowhere in sight.  They’re running late!  Ahhh…

I see people coming in looking around for seats, finding what little seats are left.

 Well, at about 30 seconds until the start of service I see them.  They came over by me and, to our surprise, there was still the whole middle section of the row behind us left open.  Every other row was filled except that row.  So, my friends got to sit down behind us without a hitch.  Amazing…

It got me thinking, did people not see the empty row?  Were they really blinded to the fact that row was empty?  What was going on I thought!!!

Then it hit me.  I wondered if it was a test from God.  You know, because I said I’d never save seats, but this couple wanted them so God was going to see what I was going to do about it.  And, by me not saving the seats, did God save the empty row behind us for my friend and his family?

Were there angels in that row that everyone else saw, so they thought the seats were taken?

I don’t know.  But, it was definitely a miracle from God.  Even if it was nothing major like seats… But still, it had me wondering…


“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” -Colossians 3:16


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