Kenneth Williams, to remind you

I walked into the emergency room afraid of what I would see but I had been called, so armed with the Word I straightened my shoulders and asked to see the young man who had called for me. He had run through a glass door and was seriously injured. This is an event I had not thought of in a long time, until today. His daughter, who was in the room as he was being put to sleep in preparation for surgery, recounted it to me. As he was being put into a state of sleep that to me resembles death, he began telling the story of how I came to see him and pray for him, his life was changed in that emergency room that night, then he began to sing “Precious Lord, take my hand” and succumbed to the anesthesia. It would have been easy the night that I was called upon to just say I had a small child and couldn’t come out so late, to just say I would pray for him for the comfort of my home, and thinking back on it, I could easily have done that, but it was a divine encounter and a soul was saved that night.

When Jesus walked on this earth with His band of men, He did not have a grand church with an oak pulpit nor even a tent, complete with sawdust and fans from a funeral home, He just walked from place to place and ministered to those people that crossed His path or would call out “Rabbi, heal me!” There were times He spat on the earth and put the mud on someone’s eyes, or told them to pick up their bed and walk, He offered living water to a woman that no decent man would be seen talking with alone and protected another caught in adultery by stooping and writing on the ground words that people have speculated about for centuries. Whatever He said must have been powerful because all of her accusers dropped their stones and walked away. The compassion/virtue flowed out of Him to the woman who crawled through the crowd and touched the hem of His garment and she was healed! He didn’t want them to tell what had happened, but they did, John 21:25 And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen. There are times when it isn’t as dramatic as someone at the point of death calling for you, maybe they need a loaf of bread, a tank of gas, or just a friend, a helping hand, someone to listen to them vent without saying anything except “I will pray.” Acts 10:38 And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. If you want to be like Jesus, face each day asking God to make “divine appointments” for you.  Psalms 37:23 The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. You will begin to notice that opportunities for helping people will be there and you will have to choose how you “minister” to them. You never know when that someone you help will give their heart to God; it is so good to know you have helped. Meeting God in the emergency room surfaced in the mind of this man, now middle aged and on life support, possibly facing death and his Creator. I am so glad I took the time to go in the name of Jesus and pray for him. Ask God to make divine appointments for you today and you may make the difference in someone’s life!

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