In this world, there are people with needs. Some people actively reach out for help with their own means. Others seek out God in the solitude of prayer and expect their needs to be met. Furthermore, there are times when people face disappointments and God both observes and intervenes in a divine manner. God sometimes chooses to use people who are receptive to His call and willing to carry it out in obedience unto Him.
This evening marked the conclusion of my classes to a seminary where I have completed a one-year certification program in Biblical Counseling and I was full of joy. At this moment in time, I only had a few dollars that had been given to me by some family members. I also had a receipt for some cash-for-books, which was much lower than expected. I was disappointed and became depressed about it. The impact was so great, that my joy was gone and I was struggling to make the most out of the money I had at my disposal. I had already perceived that this would be my last trip to this seminary for quite a while and had to make the best out of this opportunity.
As God observed my circumstances, He intervened in a manner I did not expect Him to do so. It started when an older man approached me as I searched for some books. He was a simple and humble man. His attire presented him as a man who had worked hard labor, perhaps a farmer from that region. He approached me with care and asked me two questions. His first question was "Are you in ministry?" To which I replied, "Not exactly, but I have just finished a training program for Biblical counseling." He said that it qualified as a ministry. His second question was "Have you had a tight budget, challenged with finances?" To which I replied "Yes". He then reached into his pocket and handed me a one-hundred-dollar bill. Before I realized it, he had placed the bill in my hands and stated "The Lord spoke to me" as his eyes became full of tears.
Before I could say anything, he began to walk away and so I told him as quick as I could "Thank you; God Bless You Brother." I did not know how to react, but as I ran through the whole scene in my mind, over and over, God stopped me in my thoughts with two things: One, don't rob this man of his blessing by returning the money bill to him. Two, I (God) AM your provider. I wanted to go look for the man and speak with him. I wanted to get to know the man to whom God had spoken to; the man God knew would be obedient to His call. This did not happen. Hence, I honor the memory of God, this man, and this moment in time by sharing it with others through literary means.
In a world full of ego-centrism, people are still listening to God and acting in obedience to provide for others. Thank you, God, and rich blessings to this man!!!
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