Angus Buchan is no stranger to miracles. Miracles have surrounded him since his spiritual rebirth in 1979. He was a hotheaded white African during a time when racial tensions were heightened by the pressures of farm life and drought in a poor South African region. Faced with ever mounting challenges,hardships and personal turmoil, Angus quickly spiraled down into a life consumed by anger, fear and destruction.
It was not until he heard the honest testimony of a man who seemed just like him who had found peace and joy in Jesus Christ that Angus gave his life to Christ. Immediately, he had an unquenchable hunger and thirst to know God and spent many hours reading the Word and praying. Learning about this Jesus, his Savior,Redeemer and Friend was a consuming passion.
Angus believed God. He didn’t just believe IN God. He believed God. For every promise he read about in the Bible,he trusted God to be who HE said HE was. “I had a choice: I could believe the lies of the devil, in which case I was on my way to suicide, or I could believe in the promises of God, and be taken through my time of trial.”
~ AngusB uchan, Faith Like Potatoes: The Story of a Farmer Who Risked Everything for God
One of the first miracles Angus experienced as a new believer in Christ is depicted in this clip from the film Faith Like Potatoes, about the true story of the life of Angus Buchan. It was when he prayed for rain during a severe drought to stop a fire that threatened to take his farm.
Angus began quoting the Scripture promise out loud to God found in Matthew and Mark.
Then he began to pray for rain.
Potatoes need a lot of water to grow. It doesn’t make sense to plant them in the dust of a drought dried land. People thought that Angus was crazy for wanting to plant them. When he was questioned about this decision he answered: “The condition for a miracle is difficulty, however the condition for a great miracle is not difficulty, but impossibility.” He believed God for this miracle and God loves to answer bold faithful prayers.
Potatoes are a wonderful metaphor for faith because they grow underground. When you can’t see the progress toward your goal, when the progress is hidden from your view, you still have to trust God. Angus planted those potatoes in the dust and it didn’t rain much during that drought season. There was no logical reason to believe that potatoes would grow in that four month drought. But on harvest day, there was a bumper crop of potatoes the size of double fists! God is glorified when we believe him for great miracles. He delights in showing up to answer bold prayers!
What bold prayer can you pray and believe God for today?