Have you ever had a gnawing feeling that God wanted you to do something? I have. And if we are going to be 100% honest, I haven’t always listened or acted upon it. I’m betting maybe you haven’t always either. But today I want to tell you about something that happened to me over the past week or so, and this time I listened.
My son has two very good friends, a brother and sister, that lived in our neighborhood until recently. We are military and with that comes a lot of turnover in the hood. These kids spent tons of time with my son. Biking, gaming, playing at the park and just hanging. When they packed up to move in December by son, and I, were pretty devastated. I mean these were the kind of kids you never minded having at your house. Fun, respectful kids you would be proud to have your kid hang out with, and it broke my heart for my son to see them go. A few months before they moved we invited them to church. Our Church, Grace Bible Church in Virginia Beach, has an awesome program for middle school. Actually infant thru High School. But it never happened, for one reason or another it was just not the right time in their lives.
But for the past week or so I have been having this gnawing feeling about those two wonderful kids and their Mom and Dad. Every night when I read “The Purpose Driven Life” and then prayed, these kids just kept popping up in my mind. This had been happening for a few days when I came to the chapters about sharing your life message and mission. It wouldn’t go away, it was like God saying…”you need to reach out to them again” “Now is the time”. “OK” I finally said to God “I’ll do it.” “I am going to step out of my comfort zone for You”
So I picked up a pen and wrote my thoughts down that night. The next morning I wrote a rather long FB message to their Mom relaying my message. Admittedly I hesitated to hit send….we were friends but this could put an end to that right quick! I mean they are 100’s of miles away now, cutting ties would be easy for her. But I took a deep breath, said yes to God and hit send. I knew in my heart this is what He wanted and that was most important to me. Trusting, having faith in and knowing that in the end God is what matters most.
Today I am in tears (literally) for I did receive a note back. It was not only receptive but joyful for me reaching out to the family in this way. They plan to look for a church and get there soon! Amen!! I do NOT take credit for this, for God had put it upon my heart to reach out to them. I immediately stopped raised my hands and gave praise to the Lord who sent me out to do his work.
Is this the end….certainly not! I hope to help them find a great church and I will definitely continue to pray for them all. My point is this, sometimes (ok many times) in life God asks us to step out of our comfort zone. Into a place that surpasses just a “surface” friendship and asks you to form a closer God sanctioned bond with the people around you. Sometimes it seems easy, and some times it’s not. But who will you have to answer to in the end?
I would love nothing more than to see these wonderful kids and their family again. Whenever that is, because our most precious friendships will be those that last for eternity!
Is God asking you to reach out to someone? Maybe its time you took a better listen. Will it turn out well every time, not always. Not all people are receptive, some are offended or it’s just not the right time for them. But if you NEVER step out, you will never feel the joy that God can give you and the blessings that can be received by all.
Have a wonderful week!