We must learn to trust God and wait on Him – for when we do, we learn that His timing is always perfect. Today’s blog story actually began almost a year ago, but read on to see how the Divine diversions of the Holy Spirit moved us all for God’s glory in His timing to blossom just recently into a beautiful blessing.
Last fall, I was in the office of my place of employment one day assisting with the onboarding of a new team member, and asked him to tell me a little bit about his background. He reviewed his most recent work experience, and also gave me some information about his personal situation. He had been through some very difficult health trials in the past few years. He was praising God for bringing him through these difficult trials, and shared that he has been attending a Christian church in our area. I found myself being Divinely diverted once again by the Holy Spirit, and I proceeded to tell talk about my Christian faith as well, explaining how my husband and I were first led by God to our home church. I began to sing praises of our Lord and how much He has blessed us through some very difficult trials. I also told him about our pastors, and how genuinely dedicated they are to spreading the word of Jesus Christ. During the course of the conversation, I offered him our church information card, inviting him to stop for a visit if ever in the area. Another one of our team members who was in the room providing training at the time, joined in the conversation and asked me why I had never given him a church card. I was abruptly stopped in my train of thought, finding it difficult for a few seconds to immediately respond. As I reflect back, I remember thinking about the reason why I hadn’t given the card to him, and being pleased to realize just how much my relationship with God has grown over the past 3 years. There was a time not so long ago, when I wouldn’t think to speak of my Christian faith in the work environment. It always seemed to be an expectation of others that the topic was somewhat taboo, or off limits in the corporate environment. The Holy Spirit has helped me grow and strengthen my relationship with God, so much so these past few years, helping me to realize how important it is to put Him at the center EVERY aspect of my life. I am thankful that I purposely share, speaking proudly and freely everywhere and anywhere I go about my Christian faith today.
So, when asked why I had never given a card to my other team member, I apologized and handed him one, inviting him and his wife to join us one day. Simply by sharing my Christian faith, I learned some things that day about my team member which I had never known, even though we worked on the same team for at least 5 years. He is a dedicated man of faith and has a powerful testimony about how he came to be saved in Christ Jesus. He also belongs to an evangelistic street ministry, routinely venturing into dangerous areas of the city streets. The members of his ministry reach out to those who are suffering from the chains of addiction, and they have helped many by sharing what Jesus has done for them. After speaking with him, I felt pretty confident that he would show up one day soon at one of our Sunday services.
Before long, weeks and months went by and there was no visit during that time. However, as I have learned by reading scripture, and my past experiences in life, it’s not our timing that is important, but instead God’s timing, which is always nothing short of perfect!
One Sunday morning not long ago, 3 motorcycles pulled up in the church building parking lot. To my surprise one of the riders was my team member, who had brought along 2 friends, all of them coming to worship with us on that Sunday morning. As my co-worker introduced his friends to me, one of them shared a brief testimony of his battle with addiction, and his desire and very recent efforts to come clean. As the service began, we took our seats, and experienced an awesome praise and worship service that morning. During the service, my co-worker’s friend gave his life to Christ and became a new Christian that day! We all praised God for allowing us to be part of such a powerful moment, and for using all of us for His great purpose!
A couple weeks later, the roar of motorcycles was heard once again outside our church building, as my co-worker and his friends came driving into the parking lot for another visit. This time he brought his wife along as well to join our praise and worship service. It was such a pleasure and a blessing to meet her and have them all share in our service. We enjoyed the fellowship with them and look forward to seeing them again one day soon at a future service.
Isn’t it amazing how God plans things out so far in advance using all of us like chess pieces, making such strategic moves to win the game for His glory every time? Do you have a similar story of how you may have had to wait on the Lord, and felt the diversion of the Holy Spirit for God’s glory? If so, please share it in the comments section. Thanks for visiting our blog, we hope you will be diverted back here again soon! Have a blessed day!
Scripture – King James Bible: Isaiah 40:31“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”