“Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions.” (Psalm 119:18, NLT)
“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” (Psalm 119:18, KJV)
Recently I challenged my Disciples In Disguise class to take a journey with me. About 16 women loaded up in our church van and headed to our designated locations within our city. The assignment was to purchase a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and once seated to simply observe inconspicuously. What were they observing you ask? People. The clerk behind the check out counter, the customer who was waiting for their order or the family who was seated next to them.
They were instructed to not act on their own but wait for the prompting– or instruction–of the Holy Spirit before they said or did anything. Just pray and write down what they saw. Some noticed the kindness of the customers and their patience with the servers behind the counter. Another noticed how parents interacted with their children as they ate and yet another how the servers exchanged comments with one another. One even noticed the love of Christ between our group members. Each of these can be used by God in some very significant way.
One sister in Christ, however, noticed one thing in particular that warrants mentioning. She moved completely away from our group and chose to sit in the children’s play area where a father shared his meal with his child. She prayed for direction and as she was about to get up to leave–because she begin to feel uncomfortable with the foreign situation–the man turned to her and spoke. (Isn’t this typically what we do? Try our best to stay in our comfort zone?) She then said “YES LORD” to Jesus in her heart. She recognized His prompting.
They shared a conversation about how his child beat all odds for his health and was told he would never walk, yet even then in the children’s area the child was running and playing. My sister in Christ allowed the Holy Spirit to direct her words and a connection was made. She was sharing her faith and showing the light within her that only one can give….JESUS. She said “YES”, and the Spirit said “Well Done.”
She is a disciple….disguised as a woman at rest. She chose to SEE what many Christians don’t take the time to see. She yielded to the Holy Spirits direction and glorified her Lord. Not to glorify her works but only to glorify her Master.
What will Jesus do with this encounter? Only He knows. Maybe one day my Sister in Christ will be given the opportunity to see how her act of faith changed a life, two maybe three lives….endless possibilities. Her faith touch Heaven and her simple obedience, in Jesus name, can and will change the earth.
“But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without your deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.” (James 2:18, NIV)