What One Woman’s Obedience Did for Me
Today’s blog topic is a first-hand testimony about what can happen
when we are obedient to God’s prompting.
Today’s Truth: We can make a difference in people’s lives if act on the good things that we are prompted to do.
The door bell rang.
I wasn’t expecting anyone and figured it was one of the kids’ friends coming over to hang out. Instead, I was greeted by one of my long-time friends, who I hadn’t seen or spoke to in several years. I was happily surprised, but admittedly a little confused about why she was at my door, so like I would do to any of you, I invited her out to visit on the back patio.
We started with the small talk first, catching up on life and kids. I had every indication that this was purely a social visit, until my son came home. He had just returned from a friend’s house, much earlier than I had expected. I thought it was more than a little odd when he came outside and settled in between us, with lunch and a drink in hand. What kid does that? I guess he was just being friendly, after all, he has known her since he was a small boy. They were happy to see each other and started to talk back and forth. That’s when the magic began…
I sat watching and listening to the two of them, utterly amazed at what I was hearing. Small talk quickly turned into “soul” talk and some deep issues came up. Delicately, but directly, my friend tackled some hard questions, about his faith, what’s most important to him, what he’d been into lately, and who Jesus is to him. She said many of the things I haven’t had the courage or strength to say anymore (my son has made it clear that he wants no part of church or religion)!
I was stunned.
How could she have known what I had been praying for over the past few weeks? About all the things I knew I needed to tell him, but hadn’t…couldn’t! I kept expecting him to excuse himself to go back in side (escape), but he just sat there and listened, explaining his thoughts and feelings over things and responding to her points. Even when he had the opportunity to get the heck out of there to go inside for a minute, he came right back out for more. Maybe he stayed because he knew what she was saying held weight, and it must have somehow connected to his own thoughts about things. Her point to him was clear: “It’s okay to work on figuring out what life is all about, just make sure you bring God along with you on the journey. Dig in. Read His Word. Pray. God remembers you and loves you deeply.”
Eventually, he did turn back inside. My friend and I just stared at each other, mouths open, with tears in our eyes. She explained to me that she hadn’t known why she came, only that she had felt God’s prompting to turn onto my street on her way home. She, too, figured it was about catching up and re-establishing our friendship, but it was about my son instead—about something God wanted her to communicate to him in a personal way.
Later, once I’d had time to process everything, I was overcome with emotion and gratitude about what had taken place. I considered what her obedience had done, and am now being prompted to share with you:
- It both encouraged and reassured me that God hears my prayers, even those I can’t express in words. Romans 8:26 says, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” I can testify that this is true. Also see Ps. 139:2-4.
- God loves my son and is still pursuing him. He sent my friend to communicate that. God’s message through her proved to me he is working in his life, not standing idly by why we suffer alone. Check out Psalm 139:7-16.
- Everyone involved was blessed—her faith increased and she felt privileged to be used by God, it made me feel loved, listened to and that there is help, and my son received a message at a critical point in his life that confirmed an answer to an important decision he was making that day. See Psalm 128:1-2.
- Most of all, God was honored. His his servant was obedient, his message was delivered, and he gets ALL the glory through this testimony. Thank you, God.
I would encourage you to follow the example my friend set the next time you feel a prompting to do something for someone else, even if you don’t understand it. Take courage and just go. You’ll never know what you’ll get to participate in, a work that God wants to do through you that could impact someone’s life in an amazing way you never could imagine.
A shout-out to my friend if she is reading this: Thank you! May you never forget how your obedience impacted my life and we’ll hopefully see soon how it impacted his as well. God bless you!
So what about you? Do you have any stories to share about a time when you followed God’s prompting? Share it by leaving me a comment below! I would love to hear your story.