Do you believe in messages from God? Certainly, He uses His children for His glory and purpose. We credit the devil for all the bad stuff that happens and we see that so clearly. Yet, for some reason, we don’t credit quite as many happenings to God. Not sure why except that someone might judge us or think we are weird. The older I get the more I realize God has His hand in so much of our daily interactions. Opening our eyes to see it is the challenge.
I went to visit a sister-in-Christ at a local hospital. She was quite ill. On the day of my visit, two of her great grandchildren were there. One was a 10-year-old boy with piercing, dark blue eyes. Most 10-year-old children hide from conversation with a stranger, but not this one. Up he sat in his chair inquisitive about me. We exchanged names and instantly he spoke about a book he had read where there was a character whose name was “Celeste”. He took joy in telling me about it and describing the pleasant character. We discussed some interests he had and I complimented his mother on how smart, charming, and wonderfully personable he was.
After some conversation about the ailing woman who was sleeping, and trying to comfort and support her family, the young man chimed in. “You know what you should be?” he politely asked. “What?” I responded. He continued, “You should be one of those people who stands on a stage and talks to people like me.” With a searching glance over to his mother for the correct word, she read his mind, “A motivational speaker,” she explained. “Yes! A motivational speaker,” he said excitedly. I stood there in disbelief at his comment. I announced my disbelief comically and explained to the family that I am a public speaker, motivator, and encourager. All of the adults in the room were astonished too. And the young man was oblivious. I explained to him that God had used him to encourage me that day and when he was older his mom could better explain how significant his insight was.
I suppose most people at one time or another question what they do for a living or how they are supposed to serve or minister to others. I have. But on this day at the hospital, instead of a small, still whisper that I sometimes ignore or dismiss, God sent this message loud and clear from one of His pure-in-heart sons. I felt overwhelmed with joy and thanks to my Father for encouraging me to continue ministering in the way I do. Our God cares about the seemingly simple things in our life. He rejoices over us with singing. He planned us out before time ever began. If we open our eyes and look, we will see and hear and feel Him all around us. Loving us, caring for us, and sending the people and circumstances we need to keep us moving forward and motivated to continue His work in us. I thank Him regularly for caring enough to message me through His children - and on this day, a precious, blue-eyed, full of life 10-year-old.
“The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.’” Psalm 32:8