I understand, according to Jesus, that I am more valuable than many sparrows. (Matt. 10:31). That, truly, the Father is continually cognizant of what I am thinking and my words before I say them. (Psalms 139:1-4) His watch care over me is constant and unrelenting. What I tend to forget is that by His own hand he arranges my day and perfects everything that concerns me. (Psalms 138:8) Yes, He does!
Last evening, as the dust finally settled from the multitude of activities, I sighed a sigh of relief. Another day closing with the promise of rest. Then a light flashed in my psyche that indicated maybe I was forgetting something. I rehearsed the days commitments and took a look at my mental calendar; Tuesday evening and all is well. Oh, Tuesday! That means tomorrow is Wednesday: discipleship training... in the morning at 10:00... my house. My short lived repose was quickly replaced by a harried feeling of frustration. The house was disorderly and eager seekers-of -truth would arrive in less than 10 hours. Not too bad a time frame if I decided to forget sleep and just concentrate on the neglected domestic duties. Then, I had another beam of light invade my brain: "just text the gals and meet at McDonalds." It was a well received suggestion that I immediately acted upon. Within minutes the pressure was off, the meeting place rearranged and my soul ready for sleep.
Discipleship has been a part of my life from early in my Christian walk. A dear lady took the time to teach my heart the rudiments of regular Bible study, scripture memorization, prayer and witnessing. I always feel fortunate and blessed when the Lord connects me with young believers that are hungry to mature in the Lord. The large corner table at McDonalds was a perfect place to spread our Bibles, notebooks and laptops to fellowship around the promises and purposes of the Lord. Fellow follower of the Lord, Dawn, offered to buy coffee and I turned to secure the corner classroom. It was then that I noticed a single woman sitting at the back of the establishment, head bent over paperwork and a laptop opened in front of her. Walking in her direction, I realized I knew this person, and knew her well. As I approached the gray mesonite, stainless-steel trimmed table, she looked up at me without recognition. I smiled and said, " I know you!" She looked closer and then jumped to embrace me, "Oh, my, I didn't expect to see you here!" Of course not! I had not planned to see one of my dearest and best friends sitting at a table in McDonalds either. Our friendship has spanned several decades and began in a discipleship Bible study. Seeing her was a rare treat because she has relocated to another state. We briefly caught up on each others activities, praised God for crossing our paths and then continued with our predesignated appointments.
Dawn, Erin and I were freely discussing the goodness of God across from each other in the enclosed playground area of the eatery. We chose that table, because children are not usually there in the early mornings and distractions are less frequent. However, there was a shift change soon to occur and the next set of employees were eating and fellowshipping at a table adjacent to our own. As I quoted scripture concerning how precious we are to the Lord: "We are the chosen of God, we are accepted in the beloved... we are fearfully and wonderfully made...(at that point, I noticed an older female worker that was seated closest to us nodding her head in agreement to my declarations and smiling a toothless grin )... He knit us together in our mother's womb"...an ease-dropping employee spoke up, "Excuse me, do you mind if I give you my testimony." Without waiting for permission, she continued, " I was in jail two years ago, hooked on methamphetamine...a preacher came to the jail and preached to me the way of the Lord....I gave my life to Jesus and He completely delivered me from that dope....I heard you quote that scripture about being knit together in my mother's womb...the Lord spoke that Word to me this morning and I know it's true...and something else (she was speaking fast and loud with great emotion) ...my kids is hooked too, but I know my God will deliver them too.." At that point I was shouting hallelujah!!!! God is so awesome!!!!
That same light that had flashed in my psyche the night before, flashed again: "The steps of a righteous man are ordered of the Lord.....in all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths." One simple direction change, orchestrated by the Holy Spirit, set the stage for me to be blessed in unexpected ways: 1) I was able to see my dear friend Diana, 2) I was able to hear the redemption of the Lord shouted out in a public forum. 3) the Word of the Lord was shared openly in a non church setting and many people were influenced and took notice of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Wow! " Father, change my plans any time you want. I am trusting in you." Amen.