by Crystal Bowman
But the Helper will teach you everything. He will cause you to remember all the things I told you. This Helper is the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name. John 14:26 ICB
Going for a walk several times a week is therapeutic for me. It gets me out of the house during these stay-at-home days and offers fresh air, healthy exercise, and a time to chat with my heavenly Father.
I always park my car in a small village shopping center near our home because it’s a safe place to park and walk. On a recent walk, I spoke though my mental prayer list bringing my needs, wants, thanksgiving, and praises to the Lord. But then I went deeper.
I asked God to help me be more in tune with promptings from the Holy Spirit. I have had many “God spoke to me” moments in the past and longed to experience them again. I know the Holy Spirit dwells in me, and that God speaks to me every day when I read the Bible, a devotional book, or listen to Christian music. But sometimes an unexpected opportunity comes along that can be a divine intervention, if I listen and pay attention.
As I was walking back to my car, I notice three boys on their bikes in front of the take-out pizza place. One of the boys was on his cell phone with his mother, and I overheard the conversation, “But we only need about two more dollars,” he said. Then he hung up and told his friends, “My mom said she can’t come to give us the money, so we just need to figure out something else.”
“Talk to them,” said a voice in my head. “You can help them.”
“Hey, Guys,” I said as they turned toward me with surprised looks. “Do you need a couple of dollars?” The boy with the cell phone looked at me and said, “Yeah. We want to get a pizza, but we are two dollars short.”
“Well, here’s the deal. I have five dollars on me, but I need to run into the grocery store to get some cheese. I’m sure I will have two dollars in change, so wait here and I’ll be right back.”
“You don’t have to do that,” the boy said.
“I know I don’t have to, but I want to, okay?”
The boys smiled as I put on my mask and went into the store. The cheese was $2.50, and so was my change. As I handed the money to the boys, they were overjoyed and generous with their verbal gratitude. “Thank you so much! You are so nice! I can’t believe you would do that for us!”
“You are very welcome,” I replied. “God told me to help you out so be sure to thank Him when you get your pizza!”
“Okay, we will!” they said.
The God who spoke to people in the past, is the same God who speaks to us today. God told Noah to build an ark even though it had never rained. God told Abraham to leave his county and go to a place where God would show him. God told Moses to go to Egypt to rescue the Israelites from their lives of slavery. God told Joshua to lead the Israelites across the Jordan River into the Promised Land. God told Jonah to go to Nineveh. And God told Mary she would be the mother of His Son.
Of course, there are many more examples from the Bible, but God’s messages are not limited to people who lived in ancient times. They didn’t end when the Bible was completed.
I had heard God’s voice that day, and He allowed me to help out three boys who were hungry for pizza. I smiled all the way home. My heart was full of joy. And then I imagined the boys telling their parents how they were able to buy their pizza: “This lady just showed up out of nowhere. She gave us the money and said God told her to do it!”
Lord, help me to pay attention and listen for your voice so you can use me to be a blessing to others. Amen.
About the author: Crystal Bowman is a bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 books including, Our Daily Bread for Kids.She and her husband have three married children and seven huggable grandchildren.
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