It was at the end of a meeting at a small church in the Zambian bush. We had given an invitation for prayers and several people came forward. Near the end of the service a young girl said she did not know how to pray...and asked me to pray for her. She thought that the only way to communicate with God was through a pastor or a missionary. I told her that she could pray herself...to just speak to God like she was speaking to her best friend. At first she did not respond, but then she began to say one word...then another...and another. Then she mouthed a full sentence...and then another...till pretty soon the "floodgates opened"...and she began chattering so fast I could not keep up with her - neither could the interpreter. As tears streamed down her face she began to have this intense conversation with the one true God whom she had thought previously could only be reached through an intermediary. Not only did she begin to pray to the Father in earnest...she had a lot to say...a whole lot! It was an amazing sight to behold. What a joy it was to witness her discovery...that God was her new BFF.
One of the greatest joys in life is to witness God doing amazing things. And sometimes those experiences are permanently burned into our brains. This was one of those iconic moments - one that I will never forget. It was so special to see this girl learn that God is there for her - just like her best friend in a place where she may have nothing...or nobody...but she now knows she had a friend that is closer than a brother. What a joy!
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
I woke up one day and discovered God wanted me to quit what I was doing for me...and start doing something for Him.