What Do You Do When God Speaks to You?
My dear friend had a divine appointment when Christ ask him to be courageous and speak to a total stranger and his young daughter that ultimately changed their lives.
In my travels with Teach To Transform we have been in many different countries around the world and I have heard amazing stories of seeing and hearing Christ. In many Muslim cultures, Christ appears in dreams dressed in a shining white robe; and in Hindu cultures, they share that Christ’s voice is heard through a brilliant white light.
I began to think about how I see and hear Christ because it is different for a follower of Jesus. Our faith teaches us that he is in us through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-23 describes the fruits of the Holy Spirit as Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control.
Sometimes it is just hearing the whisper of the Holy Spirit and then having the courage to act.
I had a conversation with a dear friend, I will call John who shared a divine appointment that began as a simple breakfast with friends. He observed a father sitting with his young daughter across the restaurant and was troubled by what he was watching. John noticed that each time his daughter tried to talk with her father, he was busy texting and appeared unengaged. This interaction bothered him, and the Holy Spirit prompted him to speak to this father who was missing a special moment with his daughter.
John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
John announced to his friends that he was going to talk with this stranger and they wondered what in the world was he going to say. His answer was typical of many divine appointments as he was not sure, but he needed to speak with him.
Ephesians 6:19-20 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
Christ has taught me that it takes both time as well as courage to be compassionate. Most of us are so busy in our own lives that we forget that the simplest of acts can make a difference to someone. Without the courage to set aside pride, embarrassment, ridicule or even persecution those who need love will remain without a voice isolated in loneliness.
John went over to the table and complimented the father on taking his daughter to breakfast and sharing time with her. John further added that each time his daughter began to talk to him, he was preoccupied with his mobile phone. John encouraged him that this time with his daughter would pass quickly so don’t miss the opportunity to be part of her life and then he returned to his table.
When the father and his daughter were leaving the restaurant, they walked toward John’s table. His friends were anxious as to what the father might say or do, but when he approached John’s table he just thanked him for his words of encouragement.
This was not the end of the story Christ was writing through his act of courage and compassion. A month later at an unrelated gathering, the father of the young girl recognized John and said he wanted to thank him. The father told John that when he walked up to the table and interrupted his breakfast with his daughter, he was about to make a call that would have ended his marriage. John’s words of encouragement convicted him and realized that what he was about to do would destroy his marriage and devastate his daughter. He told him he was so thankful that John had interrupted his breakfast because it had saved his marriage!
Do you take the time to hear the Holy Spirit and glorify Christ with your courage and compassion? Christ was always a picture of kindness, and He always made time to stop and show compassion.
My prayer is that you hear the Lord when he whispers and you take time to act with courage to show compassion even when it doesn’t make sense. An act of kindness such as a smile, a compliment, a tip, paying for a meal, or words of encouragement may be a blessing to someone more than you can imagine. Just think how different this world would be if everyone would put down our phones and took time to listen to those who are crying out in pain right in front of us.
These seemly simple acts of faith and kindness may open the door to glorify Christ and impact the Kingdom of Heaven.
For His Glory,
Dr. Tom is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician in the USA with over 25 years of experience and an ordained minister by Southeast Christian Church in Louisville Kentucky. His true passion is world missions and he and his wife Karen are the founders of Teach To Transform, an organization that exists to equip partners around the world with medical and vocational skills they can use to share the gospel of Christ. You can subscribe to Dr. Tom’s weekly blog, Divine Appointments, to read more stories and learn more about the mission of Teach To Transform.