In today’s society we are rushing here, rushing there just trying to keep up with our busy lives. But often it’s the business that can make us miss out on important moments because we just don’t have time or don’t want to take the time to notice others around us.
We are built for relationships and we need to be sensitive enough to know when God is saying slow down, see the broken-hearted all around.
It can be anywhere, your cashier, your kids teacher, your neighbor, someone sitting in the doctors office, your church, your waitress, your Uber driver, etc. People are just waiting to be noticed, they think no one cares. God can use you in the the least expected places if our eyes are wide open.
He’s says “See that lady over there, she needs to encouragement. I need you to go and lift her spirits.” Or “Do you see that man he’s down on his luck, he’s been through a lot he’s not able to do what he use to could do, maybe you could cut his grass or make him a meal. Be my hands and feet.”
I have couple examples in my life where God said “Hey Nicole I need you to slow down and see this person and encourage them.” In those moments I usually have a split second to decide whether or not I will obey and you will too.
There was a time a several years ago it was really close to Father’s day and I thought I’ll run in the Hallmark store by our house. I had never had that thought before, I don’t think I had ever been in there. But it didn’t take long to figure out why I was supposed to be there.
I started looking for a gift for my Dad and as normal I make chit chat with people around me. The lady in there I was talking to I said “I’m looking for a Father’s Day gift for my Daddy but goodness he’s so hard to buy for” and we both kinda laughed and she said with tears in her eyes my Daddy is dying, he doesn’t have long, maybe days. Totally caught me off guard, I mean what do you say? It just broke my heart for her and I said I’m so sorry to hear that. I will say a prayer for him and you. Which I really meant, but in my spirit I heard God say I need you to pray for her right now!!
Of course all the internal argument goes like this, “Lord I don’t know her, she’ll think I’m some kinda freak, in front of all these people in here, what if she says no?” All this stuff going through my head, all in just a matter of a couple of mins.
So I do my purchase and decide Lord I’m sorry I can’t do it and walk out the door get in my truck and I just sit there discouraged, knowing I should have done what He asked me to do. Then a couple mins later the lady and her friend or relative that was with her come out the door and head to their car and I swear it was as if the Lord threw me out my truck lol and said go pray for her right now. I said OK Lord, I understand, I’ll be weirdo for You, lol.
So I begin walking up to her and I’m sure she’s thinking what is this crazy lady doing? Is she stalking me?? I said excuse me I don’t normally do this kind of thing but I just really feel like Lord wants me to pray for you, would it be ok? She starts weeping in the parking lot and says yes that would be wonderful, thank you.
I was full of fear but I wanted to obey. I knew it was what the Lord wanted me to do and somehow I knew it was what she needed.
As I held her hands and prayed we both cried in the Hallmark parking lot and in that moment I knew why I was supposed to be there. It was a divine appointment. He has them for you too my friend.
But what if I had said nahhh, I’m not going there I’m going somewhere else or what if I said no Lord I really can’t do and just drove off? I could’ve just rushed through the store and would have missed out on a precious moment and being there for someone else in need. I’ll never forget that moment, it was so special to me.
I’ll never know what happened but I like to think that I was there to give her hope and encouragement in an unexpected place when she needed it and that is what it’s all about.
There was another time recently I was on vacation and we were on a showboat dinner cruise. It was wonderful, so many talented singers on there but there was this one young lady that had a voice of an angel. She literally gave me chills when she sang.
Throughout the night God put a word in my heart for her and He said now go tell her what I said. I was like are you kidding me right now Lord??? I can’t do that she will think I’m some crazed lunatic! I don’t know her, I don’t even know how I would or even if I would get the opportunity to tell her.
Well as God would have it and arrange it, as we were leaving the ship there she stood greeting folks leaving. Again, here come the internal arguments, lol. Lord she will think I’m crazy, but I’m much quicker these days BUT I’LL LOOK CRAZY FOR YOU LORD! So I walk up to her and say “Hey you were amazing, you all were. So enjoyed the show. “Come on Nicole spit it out!”😂 So I don’t usually do this but I feel like God gave me a word for you and then preceded to tell her and she got so excited, we both had tears in our eyes. She’s calling over some of her friends telling them what was happening, hugging me saying thank you, that it was so much confirmation for her. She’s like friend me on Facebook right now! Check out my page and you’ll understand. I had no idea who she was but later found out. You would probably know her too. God used me in that moment to give her hope that God was working in her life and He orchestrated a divine moment to let her know how much He loves her and to give her a specific word for her life at just the time that she needed it. God is so good like that.
But what if I had just walked off the ship and kept what God had put in my heart for her? She needed encouragement and God had something for her but because I was fearful I could’ve made her miss out on something important God has for her. I’m so thankful I didn’t. I’m thankful I got past the “What if’s”
God has divine appointments for you too my friend, it’s just sometimes we gotta slow down and in spite of fear just listen, and say YES!
There are lonely, hurting people all around people searching for answers all around and can I just tell you YOU JUST MIGHT BE THAT ANSWER FOR THEM. You could be the only Jesus they ever see.
When was the last time you slowed down long enough, took a good look around and said Lord who could I help or encourage today, Show me, let me be your hands and feet today. Go out and love on someone today! Be the hands and feet of Jesus…..Be the rainbow in someone else’s cloud.
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Love and hugs,