Exodus 33:12-23: “Teach me your ways…show me your glory.” This is part of the prayer of Moses and a great way for us to pray. Be God conscious at all times.
Years ago, as I was sitting on our front porch in Oakmont about 12:30 AM in the summer, I noticed someone walking by the street light. I didn’t know who it was, but the Holy Spirit prompted me to tell them, “My awareness is your awareness when you are aware of my presence.” When the person came past our porch, I was relieved to see that it was a brother in the Lord. When I relayed the message, it was just what he needed for the moment. Are you practicing God’s presence? I do.
I finally got my tax materials together to mail to my anointed accountant, but when I got to the Post Office, there was a long line. A young mother with two children was ahead of me. I was scanning the scene and noticed that an older woman at the counter was short of money to mail a package. I politely asked the man behind me to save my place as I went over to the lady and gave her a dollar.
As she left, she asked if I wanted my change and then said, “Why don’t we give it to this young man.” The little boy in front of me was really happy and said that he saves his money. I told him that 10% belongs to God. His mother agreed and that opened a conversation. They are new in the area and have been going to their home church in Brownsville, PA. I gave her information and invited them to our church and Alpha. I also gave the lady who gave the change to the boy an invitation to Alpha.
The man behind me said, “You sure are a good minister.” He said he has seen our church (from the outside) and I invited him to see the inside. I recognized him from his billboards. He said he was Presbyterian. I then asked him, “Well, have you made Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior?” He said he had and I told him that was the only thing that mattered.
On the way out, I ran into a lady who worked at the Kathryn Kuhlman Foundation. I needed her phone number for two women who wanted to stay in touch with her. How marvelous are God’s ways! I invited her to Alpha, but on Friday nights, she prepares and takes meals to a relative who had a stroke and was paralyzed on one side. We prayed right there, lost in the God moment, with our hands raised and asked God to heal her relative. We were not even aware of our audience! Oh well, perhaps God was teaching the onlookers some of his ways!
The next day I was sharing this story with one of our receptionists and here the Presbyterian man is a man they have been praying for, for a long time. How glorious is that!