Monday, June 28, 2010

Amazing Anonymous People

Once upon a time, I worked with adults who have special needs. Some days were good, others... you just wanted to make it through the day. But over those several months, God put some amazing people in my life. So I've decided to tell you a little bit about these anonymous people... these beautiful, wonderful, inspiring people!

The first anonymous person... one of my favorites! For the first several weeks, this anonymous person thought I was a teacher. I would walk in, and first thing out of his mouth was, "No! No teach! No, No, No!" He refused to have anything to do with me only because he thought I was there to teach. So right off, he became my "project". Every afternoon, I'd come in and say, "Hey, and how are you?" And for weeks, it hadn't changed, it was always, "No! No teach! No, No, No!" It actually became more amusing! Until one afternoon, I walked in with my keychain hanging out of my pocket. I caught him eyeing it. And then God gave me a really good idea! "Mr. anonymous, do you like my key chain?" He looked up at me. After a minute of staring at me wide eyed, he said, "Yes! Yes!" I was curious what he'd do next, being as excited as he was. After a few short seconds, he thought I wasn't looking, so he reached out to touch my lovely keychain. It was too funny, looking at him, thinking he'd gotten away with something.... but I decided I might as well let him play with it. So I took it out of my pocket and handed it to him. I had caught him off guard. He was so thrilled, that he stopped seeing me as a "teacher". Now I was the cool Keychain girl! And as for those stressful, want to go home and crawl in bed days I'd have every now and again.... there was Mr. anonymous to remind me why I loved my job... and why "When I Grow Up.... that's exactly what I'll be doing... working with the anonymous....

The second anonymous... like they say "Second is best"... and as you can see... I don't just have 1 FAVORITE :) This one had me smiling and crying tears of joy almost every afternoon after work. It wasn't unusual coming home and seeing my face all splotchy red... this one had me so full of joy and thinking quite often, "God is AMAZING" ! He was the one that would make me forget about wanting to go home at the end of the day. One afternoon, I walked into work and there he sat with a BIG smile. He was ALWAYS the very first to say hello to me.
He usually asked, "Sara, how is your summer vacation going?
How is school?
What are you going to do this weekend?
Did you know I like your name?
Where do you go to church?"
And to the first question, I'd have to remind him it wasn't summer yet, but I couldn't wait. And as for the second question, it was usually, "I love school, because I get to come here and be with you guys!" And the third question... well that varied. The next answer was normally, "Oh, you love my name! Thanks! You are so sweet!".... which made him smile even more. But MOST important, the last question... well, we didn't really get to talking about it until one particular afternoon. And let me tell you, if this doesn't make you smile... well, it had me blubbery all the way home!

One afternoon, I walked over to where he was sitting... and his face was really serious... like he really needed to talk. I asked him what was wrong... and he said, "Sara, where do you go to church?" I smiled (at work you aren't suppose to talk about God, but a. I was interning b. they obviously couldn't fire me and c. I wouldn't have cared anyways... job or no job... talking about God is most important... and yet people tend to forget it's a. a free country and b. God is part of our Pledge of Allegiance... what our country was founded on). I told him where I went to church, Church of The Apostles. His face lit up. Then he asked very matter of fact, if I believed in God. I told him I did. But most important, he asked, "Do you have Jesus in your heart?" (See, not many people understand... Satan even believes in God... he knows God... but that's not what saves you. It's accepting His one and Only Son, Jesus Christ into your heart). After replying, YES....he told me he loved to go to church. He told me he cannot wait til Jesus comes to take us home. He said he and his girlfriend would go to church every Sunday. It was his favorite place.... and then, what broke my heart, "Sara, I can't wait! I will see you one day in heaven. We will be there together. And so will my girlfriend! Aren't you so excited?"

My intern... WOW.... (and to think that's only 2 of the AMAZING anonymous people I've met and told you about!) My passion... I couldn't ask for anything better than this... again: working with the anonymous... and Living For HIM!

So here's 2 verses for you today!

"If you do what the LORD wants, He will make certain each step you take is sure. The LORD will hold your hand, and if you stumble, you still won't fall." Psalm 37:23-24

"With God's power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine." Ephesians 3:20

Monday, June 21, 2010

Trip To The Past

Once upon a time, I was around 12 years old. My dad had a lot of business trips, and I didn't necessarily feel as safe being in a house without him. So I started praying for God to protect our house, and everyone in it. Sounds like any normal kid right?

The amazing thing about this prayer though, is that God gave me a lovely picture in my head. I saw an army of angels, facing outward, guarding the perimeter of our house. With that beautiful picture that God painted in my head, I had no trouble falling asleep all those other times my dad left. I had my own army, God's army, protecting each of my family members.

But the story has MORE! See a few years later, my mom and I brought up the topic: angels. I told her my friends and I loved to talk about angels. Then I told her the story of the first night God painted that picture of angels surrounding our house. Her mouth dropped. She asked me how many angels I saw in that "picture". I told her there were enough to completely surround our house. She asked me which way they were facing. I told her they were facing outward. And lastly she asked, "How tall are they?" I said, "As tall as the house." Her mouth formed a big smile! Her eyes became glossy, like those of porcelain dolls.

With much excitement, she looked me in the eyes and said, "I use to pray for God to protect us while your dad went out of town. One night, He gave me a vision. The vision was of angels, guarding, facing outward, as tall as our house."

God protects His children. Do you believe in angels? Do you believe your heavenly Father cares enough about you, that He would have His mighty angels watch over you?

"For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone." Psalms 91:11-12

Thursday, June 17, 2010

A Day In The Park

Once upon a time, my friend (M) and I went to babysit. We sat for a 6 month old little girl. Her mother said we could take her on a stroll. So I scooped her up, put her in the stroller, and M and I went to the park. There we met a couple watching their great niece. She was 9 months and the cutest little thing you've ever seen. Both babies hit it off well while we discussed kids and school. Then, out of the blue, a young man appeared. He commented on the weather and how he loved that particular park while saying, "God is good". As we agreed with him, he began to turn and leave. However, instead of leaving he turned right back around and said, "I'm sorry, but I felt God was telling me to come over here and talk to you all." He began quoting scripture and as he did so, he realized he was talking to believers. You could see his face start to form a big question mark. Why had God called him over?
Without hesitation, the couple began repeating, "God is good". The husband even said he was so thankful for this moment for he believed God was showing us just how great He is by bringing us all together, not knowing anything about one another. No details were given; there was no personal relationships. We found ourselves ONLY talking about God. Then the husband said, "If Jesus came back right now to take us home, He'd see we were not discussing drugs, alcohol, etc... NO. We are discussing Him." After this amazing few minutes, the young man walked away smiling.
But this conversation wasn't over. Standing there in awe of God on this bright sunny afternoon, the husband turned to me and M and gave us his testimony!!
He was the son of a muslim priest in Africa. One night he had a dream where God was calling him to go to church. Being the son of a muslim priest, he told God he could not. Within a year his father died. So he had the dream again where God was calling him to church. He told God he could not because his brothers would leave him without his father's inheritance and there would be no way for him to survive. He told God that he would have to bring a source of income to him where anything he touched he would be able to sell. After telling God this, a few days later he found an old car battery sitting in a trash can. He decided to see if it worked. To his amazement, it did!!! So he sold it. After that, money was almost being handed to him. So he told God that seeing how He was providing for him, he would go to church. Through this, his brothers developed a fear of him. How could he leave the muslim faith and become so blessed?
Then he said to me and M, "I wondered how if I was not Christian, how my daughter could be. Then God taught me, He seeks those He calls, whether or not your family is SAVED. For God could use you to witness to your family."
It was an amazing moment, memory, story, and YES it is TRUE!! He said that converting to Christianity was a test, a test of faith. And he has found happiness and eternal joy with our Heavenly Father.

Are YOU saved? Could YOU say you are picking up your cross to follow JESUS? There is only one way to the Kingdom of God.

Jesus answered, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:5-7