I was thinking today that sometimes being a Christian,
means doing and being weird. How many times I have made a fool of myself, and
it has turned out for good.
When the kids were small and I needed some time
away I would got to a book store. I had been praying
that God would use me and that He would give me
eyes to see people with His eyes.
I was in the bookstore looking and reading some books,
when I felt like someone tapped me on the shoulder.
I even looked around No one. There was this lovely woman
looking at books too.
I felt this nudge thing again, and I don't know but this thought
pops into my head, " Go tell that lady, she is beautiful and that
I love her." I am having the argument in my head, " Are you nuts!!
" I am not going to go tell that perfect stranger that." I keep looking at
her and then I am reminded of my prayer, and I walk over, and I say,
" Um, excuse, me, um, I am supposed to tell you something, um, I am
not nuts, really." She says, " Yes?" She has really beautiful eyes, and
I said, " I have never done this before, but I am supposed to tell you
how beautiful you are and that God loves you."
Right there, in the bookstore that lady fell apart. She fell into my arms,
sobbing, I am patting her back and I am crying because I am thinking I have done something
really bad, and she is just sobbing. A person that worked in the store walked over
and brought a box of Kleenex and leaves it, so it made me wonder does
this kind of thing happen a lot?
Finally when she can breathe without tears running down her face,
she says, " Today is my birthday, no one remembered. I have
been standing here asking God if He loves me, I felt so old today,
and so unloved and then you come up with a message from Him."
We talked a bit, then I stood there in the bookstore and held her
hand and I prayed for her and then I went out to my car
to go home, asking God to forgive me for doubting Him, and
it scared me so much, because what if I had said "no," that day?
It changed me and made me believe that every single person,
every chance encounter, is not a coincidence but a divine appointment
brought there by God.
It happens more often than not. Every time I leave the house, God has
appointments. My son was with me one day and was reading a book
for school about Nicky Cruz, (the guy who was saved by David Wilkerson in a Cross and a Switch blade) and he had been wondering if
God still changed people like then and a person I knew
from long ago happened to see me and stopped me, and
gave me his testimony about drug use, prison life and
gang life and how Jesus had changed him.
I didn't know my son had wondered that, but for him
it was a huge answer to prayer and one he has never
I think that everyone lives extraordinary lives,
I think that every day can be a exciting adventure,
I am glad that today I could share mine.
I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday.
Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, for His wonderful works to the children of men!(Psalm. 107:6)