“Don’t wait for other people to be loving, giving, compassionate, grateful, forgiving, generous, or friendly… LEAD THE WAY.” -Steve Maraboli
Recently, I ventured to church solo – just Jesus and me! I removed my coat, attempted to brush back my wind-blown hair, and situated myself comfortably into a pew. The Holy Spirit then began speaking to me. He nudged me to sit next to the older woman a few seats ahead. I pondered the request, but essentially listened, left my seat, approached this complete stranger, and said, “I came to church alone today, is there any room next to you?” She looked up with a smile, “I came to church alone too. Of course you can sit here!”
As the service proceeded, she began revealing her struggles. She explained that her husband was in the car, because he did not believe in God. She shared that she was searching for Jesus and yearning for salvation. She informed me of her heart condition and the stubborn cancer she was once again able to beat. She explained that one morning the preacher called for people to come forward if they desired salvation and prayer, but feeling judged by her own children, she cowered back. I learned about her many troubles and triumphs, and my heart ached for her!
I encouraged her, comforted her, and listened. It was time to partake in communion, and I started towards the front. She hesitated in fear, and I assured her that it would be okay to follow. Side by side, we walked together toward the alter. During worship, I lifted my hands in praise. I bounced, I sang, and I gave my all to Jesus. She too began lifting her hands!
Service was ending, and I silently prayed. I said, “Lord, I ask that the preacher calls everyone forward who desires salvation. I want to take her up there! I don’t want her to be afraid anymore!” He replied, “Pray for her right here.” I looked to her and asked, “can I pray for you?” She delighted in my request! Tears poured from her eyes as Jesus poured from my mouth, and she said, “If you grow up and become a preacher, you’re going to be really good at it!” I chuckled and asked for a hug. It was one of the best hugs ever! We laughed, we sang, we cried and then departed ways, but before I left, I assured, “continue pursuing Jesus. You’re setting an example for your husband! Sometimes the best thing you can say is nothing at all.”
I thanked God for using me! It was so beautiful! Tears poured from my own eyes as I drove home. Princess, God doesn’t care how old you are. He is simply searching the earth for vessels willing to be used by Him! This was such an incredible experience, and I am so thankful I had the opportunity to give! In my opinion, time and love are the best gifts ever given! Remember that, Princess, as you embrace this holiday season!