Word of Encouragement from a Stranger

So I visited a new church this morning. It was smaller and not flashy, unlike many near me. The worship was sweet. Real, not rushed or showy or anything, just authentic.

Solid sermon out of Proverbs 8 on how we find wisdom by first loving God with everything and out of that comes creativity.

Afterwards I get a tap on my shoulder.

A sweet lady who was sitting behind me says, “I have two things I want to share with you.”

She was a little uncertain about how I would receive it. She didn’t know me.

Since God has used random people to speak something into my life before I was excited to hear.

She said:

“I just saw a big question mark above your head. And then I saw it disappear and God brought answers.

The second thing that I saw was uncertainty and through that you were battling or going through it by worshiping. And I saw God bringing alongside people to help you lift up your arms in that worship. Kind of like what God did for Moses, when He brought other people to help him.”

I was just like, wow. Basically that’s entirely what I’ve been going through. How good are you Jesus!

It was really encouraging word that spoke to exactly where I’ve been at.

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The lady didn’t claim the message to be “Thus sayeth the Lord” as she put it – like a prophecy of the Bible.

The Holy Spirit just impressed on her heart that she needed to tell me this message.  She could have told the message to the person next to me. But I was the one who needed to hear it at that time.

On the receiving end, it hit me where I’ve been at. I’m a stranger to her.

I walked in to church with all of these questions and doubt and hunger for God.

I have questions about my career and my relationships and I’ve been facing uncertainty. I’ve been feeling so blessed with people in my life who encourage me. Even still, I’ve had a time of aloneness.

Worship and music is uniquely apart of my life and is part of my daily encouragement.

She didn’t know how prominently these questions and have been in my life lately – that my heart is so hungry and preoccupied for a Christ-like life.

To have the message speak to me, directly like that was so neat.

It was pretty awesome to see God remind me that He is taking care of me.

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So I share this to encourage. I don’t share it as a cool story to wow your socks off. Rather, to just share about the ministry that can happen as we humbly follow Jesus.

To encourage you, if the Holy Spirit impresses on you that you should share something or do something – step out and do it, don’t make it about yourself.

Just be true to God’s Word and let the Holy Spirit guide your words. And let God prepare the ears and hearts.

I also share this to encourage you if you are going through a time like me – when things are uncertain and you have questions or mountains.

Seek the Lord and surrender everything. Step out in faith and just do what He says.

He will bring along people who will build you up. He is so faithful.

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In light of all of this, I wanted to share 1 Thessalonians 5: 13-24. It challenges me on so many levels.

 Live in peace with each other.  And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

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Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good,  reject every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

 

Andrew

Hey, I'm Andrew. I'm living for Jesus and writing about all the things that I get to learn and grow in. I have passion for Jesus, people, music, economics, the ideas of liberty, and having adventure.

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