“If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”
When was the last time you listened to the nudging of the Holy Spirit? How often do we go about our day, hurrying from here to there, rushing to get a project done or meet a deadline, answer one more email, and we continually inundate ourselves with social media to be distracted when we’re not ‘doing’ something. How often are we so busy that we’re not available to be used by God?
Well…last week, a girlfriend asked if my daughter and I wanted to have dinner with her and her daughter since our husbands were away. Who would say no to that?! Especially if your high schooler is all in? Yeah. We went. But that’s where God showed up. Yup. At Olive Garden.
Here enters Kevin, 5’6 barely smiling, he was just doing his job and going through the motions. When he opened his pad to take our drink orders, I noticed a picture of him and his wife, it looked like a wedding photo. We struck a conversation and he told us about the picture behind their wedding picture. It was of a stuffed animal that they both loved. We laughed; he took our drink orders. Five minutes later, Kevin is back with our salads and garlic bread. It was then, that I felt the nudging of the Spirit. I have witnessed a few people do this when I dined with them, but the Lord was nudging ME. It was my turn. Do I listen or do I ignore? Right now, God? Here? Are you sure? Were the thoughts crossing my mind.
Then I did it. “Kevin, one of the things we do before we eat our meal is pray. Is there anything that we can pray for you?” His eyes got SO big, he looked at me in disbelief. Then as he took a step BACK, he whispered: “yes,” then looked directly at me and said: “How did you know???!!!” Let me be honest, I was expecting a generic no or maybe something even more generic like “my job.” I was not expecting him to ask me how I knew. Then, God spoke through me and I said: “I didn’t, but I know someone who does.” He then took a step towards the table and whispered: “strength. for. my. wife.” “Got it. No need to share details, it would be our pleasure to pray for you.” And we did. He smiled the remainder of the time and as he was leaving for the day, he walked backwards toward the exit and mouthed the words: “THANK YOU” to me. To which I answered: “it was our pleasure, Kevin – God loves you!”
On the way home, my daughter and I chatted and we both couldn’t believe that our dinner appointment wasn’t with Kim and Kate, but it was with Kevin. We decided to get together for fun, but God wanted to use us for encouragement.
One of the things I have been reflecting on since praying for Kevin is how many times have I ignored the Holy Spirit? How many times did I miss on witnessing God at work? How many times did I let the voices of the world (Right now? Here? Not me! Not today, God) shut the voice of the One who wants to reach His people and invite them to have a relationship with Him? I don’t know the situation with Kevin and his wife, but I wished I could have been a fly on the wall of their home that night.
John MacArthur once said, “you are the only bible people will ever read” and to others we’ll be the only Jesus they’ll ever meet. So, let’s make it count, let’s be His ambassadors!
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