“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Sunday, March 9, 2008

And I thought... who are you?

I met you today. I might've passed by you, but I noticed that you were filling out a "Friendship Card" before church which made me think that you might be a visitor.

I casually stopped by and said hello and introduced myself. You mentioned that you used to attend church here about a decade ago... but so much had happened... Then I noticed you were shaking and you mentioned that your wife had recently committed suicide.

My husband joined us and we found out that you knew a former pastor who still attends church here. Anthony thought if you knew the former pastor you might also remember Sam and you said you did. We prayed with you and asked if you would join us in Sunday School. You weren't sure, but we looked in and saw that Sam was there... we asked Sam if he would come out and speak with you... and he did.

Anthony and Sam caught you before you exited the church. They took you over to our new little cafe area... and spoke with you... and ministered to you. I thought to myself... who are you that God would providence that we would meet... Anthony would ask if you knew Sam... and Sam would be here today... and you would be ministered to?

I went to Sunday School and then church service not knowing how it all worked out... the choir sang "I'm Amazed"... and I thought I hoped you were in service because I knew that song would minister to you.

And then the former pastor that you knew got up on the platform to pray... and my heart jumped... and I wondered... who are you that God would work all these things together for you? This former pastor had not gotten up on the platform in a long time... I knew God had planned this for you.

And then... the former pastor mentioned that he had run into someone he hadn't seen in a while whose family member had committed suicide... and my heart jumped again, because I knew you had hooked up with him.

And as I wondered who you were that God would love you so much to bless and minister to you this morning... I realized I knew you. You are a precious child of God.

And then I realized how much God must love me to show His Handiwork in progress... that He would give me such a glimpse into how He cares for you... made me realize how much He cares for me, too.

I'm Amazed
No one knew how alone I was feeling,
And the emptiness I tried so hard to hide.
Though I laugh and said my life was fine without you.
I was covering up the secret tears I cried.
Then one day someone told me of your mercies,
And the love you showed on a Hill called Calvary.
There you died and purchased my redemption,
When you broke in spite and set my spirit free.

I'm amazed that you love me I'm amazed how you care
Through Your precious blood I've found pardon
And my sins are washed they're all washed away
All my sins are washed away

Yes there've been days when I've failed you.
Lord you know the many times I've gone astray.
Lord I've learned your love is stronger than my weakness,
And your ear is open every time I pray.
No one else has ever cared for me like you Lord.
Other friends could never be as close to me.
I'm not afraid to face the problems of tomorrow,
Knowing you are everything I'll ever need.


Kathy said...

That was a beautiful story and so well written. Thank you for sharing how God is working in the life of someone who needs him so much right now.

SandyK said...

All I can say is WOW!! God is so amazing. Thanks for sharing that awesome story.

Rachel said...

Sheri - I love the way you write about things. Thank you for this story!

Melissa said...

I'm so lucky to have you walking alongside me as a friend. I would miss a lot of things God is trying to tell me if you weren't there to point them out.

p.s. I love my hat. I think it is amazing and I'm so blessed to not have shown up on your blog!

elizabeth embracing life said...

What is so cool is how God used YOU!!! He needed you there to be the quiet observer...watching a visitor card being filled out. You paying attention to the smallest of details. My thought is that we never know how God has weaved us into a very important plan. This man's life is so blessed because of you being present and responding with your heart. I am so happy to know you.

Beloved MaMa said...

i stand amazed that even in our darkest hour, God loves us this much!!! thank you for sharing this story

Grace said...

How Beautiful! You should send in this story to Brooklyn Tabernacle (they love to know where their music goes - spiritually). Good words.


Truly a GOD moment!!! Thanks for sharing this story and reminding me that He is always with me!!!
Have a Blessed Day!!!

walkalongside said...

Wonderful!! I love hearing how He has orchestrated so beautifully.