by Nikki Anderson
I was talking to someone the other day about the mysterious ways God reaches people, and it reminded me of an experience I had during my first few months at 3ABN.
I was working for our television engineering department when a woman who lived in a large apartment building called.
“Nikki, I’ve asked every other tenant in this building if they’ve watched your channel, but no one knew what I was talking about! Am I the only one who can tune in 3ABN television?” she asked, adding that she’d been watching us for the last 10 years.
Well, she sounded a little agitated, and since I couldn’t tell by the tone of her voice exactly what she was feeling, I asked if she was upset about it.
“Oh no!” she exclaimed, “I’m just wondering why God thinks I’m the only one in this whole building who needs to hear about Him!”
We laughed, and then and I told her I’d ask our engineers about it. They had no explanation, so we decided she should just continue enjoying the programming, and that someday she’d find out what God had in mind.
The Mountain Mystery
That brings to mind a story about one of our early affiliate stations. Since FM radio transmits a line-of-sight signal, only those who can “see” the tower can receive it—a few trees notwithstanding. However, if the signal hits a mountain or tall building, it is blocked, and no one on the other side of that obstruction can hear the broadcast.
This particular affiliate was situated in a valley, but the station kept hearing from people living around the side of the mountain who were enjoying the broadcast! I remember Jim Morris, our operations manager at the time, saying, “That just shows that this message is going to go where God wants it to go!”
The Mystery of the Driveway
Then there’s the man who suffered from agoraphobia—a fear of open spaces and crowded places. He rarely left his home, where he felt safe, and the best he could do was drive around late at night and listen to the radio. As God would have it, one night he drove into an area where he picked up a few seconds of a signal from one of our affiliates; although he only heard a few words, they were powerful, so he glanced at the frequency.
Later, while sitting in his driveway, he tuned in the frequency again and discovered that he could listen to the station—even though he lives quite a ways outside the coverage area! He’s still listening, and the Holy Spirit is teaching and comforting him!
Just the other day I told someone about an e-mail I received from a woman who tunes in 3ABN Radio when she has trouble sleeping.
“That doesn’t sound like a praise report if it puts her to sleep!” they laughed, but that’s not how we look at it. What could be more soothing than to fall asleep hearing about Jesus? In fact, many of our listeners tell us they leave 3ABN Radio on all night so that if they wake up they’ll hear something comforting, instead of lying awake and fretting about not being able to sleep.
They also tell us that they often mysteriously wake up just in time to hear something they need to help them through a difficult situation, or to get the answer to a Bible question they’ve struggled with.
We’ve all heard the first lines of William Cowper’s old hymn, “God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform.” Over the centuries, those words may have become a worn-out cliché to some, but to us they’re an immense reassurance that God will literally move mountains to reach those who desperately search for truth!
Mysterious to us? Yes.
Mysterious to God? No.