As my brother Roger’s wife, daughters, and grandchildren tumbled out of the hospital elevator, an older couple watched the small kids dash by and head into the chapel.
The man asked Sheena, “Do they know what that room is?”
“Yes, sir, they do.”
He said, “Do they know what it’s for?”
“Yes, sir, they do.”
Sheena explained to the couple how her husband, the children’s grandfather, had gone through surgery for lung cancer and how they went into pray for Granddaddy before and after each visit.
The man said, “God told me to come here and bless the children.”
In a conversation the next morning, Sheena told me how the man and his wife prayed for Roger and his family. The prayers were specific, touching on unspoken needs. The words were kind and encouraging and amazing.
And true to their word, the couple blessed the children … and Sheena … and Roger … and me … and many more.
What motivates a man and his wife to leave their home, drive across town, and wait to meet total strangers? What moves them to pray tender, specific, soul-searching prayers for a worried wife and bless her grandchildren thus, in essence, blessing her?
I came away from our conversation with these three thoughts.
The man spends time in God’s presence. No one can respond to a stranger’s needs like he did without getting close to the heart of God. His life mirrored God’s character and carried a message of God’s love to a hurting and hopeful family. The ability to do that happens through prayer and the study of Scripture.
I want to meet the man who spends time in God’s presence. Not the particular man who met my brother’s family as they stepped out of the hospital elevator. That man went to see Sheena, not me, and to speak God’s message into her life, not mine.
But I do want someone like him to influence my life for God. I want men and women like him to speak into my life, to challenge me to be conformed to the image of Christ, to live faithfully before God and man.
I want to be the man who spends time in God’s presence. I want to “not grow weary in doing good,” to pray “without ceasing,” and to love God “with all [my] heart and soul and strength.”
Hearing Sheena’s story made me aware of God speaking through people who spend time with Him. Those people advance God’s kingdom in our world. They speak of His righteousness, holiness, and glory. They speak comfort to the hurting and encouragement to the weary. They speak light into a dark world. They speak words of love, joy, peace and hope.
Oh, Lord, let me be such a one as this man.
I’m curious. What message would you bring to others? What message would you like to hear?
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