Prompted by God
Many of us will be prompted or called to serve God consistently or at various points in our life, knowing his voice is an individual blessing. John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
Whilst I am aware we are serving God daily, I am talking about those heart pounding ‘God has given me a job to do’ moments.
At around the Age of 22 as a young follower of Christ, I heard Gods voice clearly for the first time prompting me to step out in Faith. James 2:18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
My sister had told me that an old neighbor called Cathy was dying of cancer on a little caravan site many miles away, where we had once lived when I was a child.
Immediately God told me “Go and pray for her”; it was my first Heart pounding moment. I was scared at the thought of ‘Stepping out’, I had no form of transport and I had many excuses to pass off His command.
Fortunately I didn’t. I spoke to a guy called Pete from my church at that time about what God had laid on my heart, and he was excited at the opportunity to drive us both over to her caravan.
Our expectations and Gods Will
With the gift of imagination comes the ability to presume Gods plan. On the journey there my mind was running wild with fantasy, from instant healing to a town wide revival.
It’s funny to look back on that moment and many like it, but as a young follower of Christ, it was to be expected I guess. One thing I have learnt over the many years since (apart from a touch of wisdom) is that God has His plan and no matter what scenario we invent, he will always out perform our expectations.
God will prepare the way
We arrived, a lady I did not recognize answered the door and later explained she was Cathy’s sister; there were two other ladies in the background looking towards us.
It was quiet and eerie. Looking back, there was an atmosphere of expectancy, like they had been prepared for our arrival. I explained who I was, where I had traveled from and that God had prompted me to pray for Cathy. Immediately without question or any sign of awkwardness me and Pete were both led to her bedroom.
Your will be done
I find this part hard to think about let alone type, not because of the sadness of the situation but because of the Joy God revealed to me later in life.
I wish I could say that Cathy was fully healed and leapt out of bed, or that there had been a countywide revival and that thousands had come to know Jesus; but the reality is that I left deflated. None of my expectations had been met and I had no idea what God’s purpose for this situation was. It was a hard lesson for me for many years.
The reality was that Cathy was mostly unresponsive to our words and prayers.
She was sadly clearly close to death; but there was one thing, when we said the name “Jesus”. With a loud, passion filled, arm-raising motion, as if she had summoned the strength from the very depth of her soul, she cried “YES!”
John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live”
It was much later in life that God showed me why he sent us there. It brings tears of joy to me whenever I think about it. PRAISE HIS NAME!
That day she heard the Gospel, when she cried out to Jesus, she wasn’t to be healed, she was to be given something far more valuable, ETERNAL LIFE!