2 minute inspiration
There are moments in life when interruptions become an opportunity for divine appointments. Where God uses the minor inconveniences and the major challenges of life to position us to be a part of a miracle.
What I’m about to share is not about me but about the power of God and how He can move two total strangers to have an encounter that shows God’s radical love.
The holiday season was in full swing which meant numerous commitments and parties. After a very busy weekend my husband was tired and did not want to go to church, so I went by myself.
As I entered sanctuary I noticed that the row where my friends were sitting was already full. Feeling a little disappointed I went and sat by myself. Worship began to fill the room and I was feeling the presence of God through the music.
Within moments a gentleman sat down behind me doused in cologne, the smell was so overpowering that I had to move. As I got up to leave I bumped into a a beautiful young mom holding a precious two-year-old.
I smiled and said, “Hi, how are you, wished her well, went and found a different seat.
The sermon was on the Good Samaritan and about how when we are called to help it’s inconvenient, it costs us time, energy, and money, often times we are tired or hungry.
Our Pastor went on to share that although giving of ourselves to help another is costly, what we receive from it is so much greater because God pours out blessings on our obedient, compassionate giving.
As I went to leave the sanctuary I bumped into that beautiful mom with her baby again. I said, “Hi, it’s good to see you again. I’m on the prayer team is there anything you need prayer for?”
She shook her head yes and said she needed a job. So in the hallway we joined hands asking the Lord to bless her with a job and for her to receive a miracle in her life.
After we got done praying I asked her if she was a single mom. With heavy head she nodded yes.
My heart filled with compassion and I felt the Holy Spirit nudge me to ask her to go Christmas shopping with me and to meet me at Wal Mart.
I’ve done this in the past where I buy a gift card for someone in need and give them a hug and say God bless you and leave. But after our pastor’s sermon I was guided to shop with her, spend time with her and her baby and to hear her story.
We spoke about both of our lives, we bought some food, some clothes and toys for the baby.
Then she stopped in the middle of the store and said, “You have no idea what a miracle this is. When the pastor was speaking about giving I felt a prompting to put my last $20 in the collection plate. That was the money I was going to buy food for my baby. Yet right after I gave the money I walked out and there you were to pray for me and invite me to go shopping.
Now I’m standing here with so much more than I could’ve bought with the $20. It’s a miracle I feel God’s presence and that the Lord is rewarding my obedience.”
We both begin to cry realizing that the same sermon touched us both so deeply but in different ways.
As we went to check out she had not spent much money so I went to buy her a gift card. I asked the Lord to show me what amount gift card to buy. I felt my head turn in the direction of a number.
As I put the gift card in her hand once again she was overtaken by God’s goodness. The amount on the gift card was the exact amount of her car payment that she was not able to make.
We hugged goodbye thanking God and thinking the miracle was over.
Several days later I was telling a friend the story telling her what type of work she was looking for in this friend said, “Did you forget what I do?” She owned a company that did the same type of work that this sweet mama was looking for.
How amazing that the inconveniences of going alone to church, the man with the cologne, no seats with my friends positioned me to meet this young woman.
How beautiful how God speaks through his word, the sermon of a pastor, a gentle nudge, a still small voice.
In this season of miracles can you be the hands and feet of Jesus, can you bring hope by a random act of kindness. In doing so you are the one who will be so richly blessed.
Luke 6:38 NIV
Give and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”
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