After I prayed for those two people I thought maybe it was time to head back. But it wasn’t. I sat outside the TK Burgers and stayed still in the Lord, enjoying His Presence. Sometimes we Christians get so caught up in the doing that we miss that God only wants us to recline on him (John 13:23). There’s no hurry in the Kingdom. God is outside of time.
As I have said, God speaks to His children. Why would Jesus ever declare that His sheep know his voice if he didn’t plan on speaking to them? (John 10:27) With that said, when I minister, sometimes I ask God to show me the person’s name before I speak to them. When a stranger knows your name, it proves that God knows your name. There’s no greater joy than realizing that the Father notices you.
A couple walked out of the TK Burger’s and I asked God to put the man’s name on my heart. The name I heard was Ken. Somehow I knew this wasn’t his name, but I could also tell that there was something significant behind it. Stick with me. I ended up ignoring that quick moment, but that name was sure to show up again.
I got up from TK and ready to go back, I felt God tugging me to keep walking down Bristol St. As I walked past the gas station on my right, I noticed a man at his parked car, looking rather frustrated. It made an impression on me, but I ignored it. I felt the Lord leading me across the street, so I crossed, keeping my eyes and ears open for people to minister to. Suddenly I saw the same frustrated man in the distance on my side of the street again. It was as if we crossed the street at the same exact time. He was walking toward me, with a limp, and I approached him. I was certain that God had set this up. Then, in an almost humorous way, we called out to each other at the same time..
Me, Him: “Hey!”
Me: “Hey man, can I help you with anything? Can I pray for you?”
Him: “Well, my car ran out of gas and I’m asking around for some help with money so I can get back home. I need about 40 bucks to fill up the tank. Anything will help.”
The moment he said “40 bucks” I realized that I had exactly $40 in my wallet. I instantly made up in my mind that I would give it to him. What is beautiful about that moment was that I didn’t feel pressured to give him any money. Instead I was actually excited to be able to help him and show him the Love of God. I am being reminded right now of 2 Corinthians 9:7, “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” As a Christian, giving and helping people is not meant to be a chore, it’s meant to be a joyful act. This is because our conscious knows that every kind-hearted act has the potential to bring people closer to God.
Me: “How ‘bout this man, I’ll give you 40 dollars if you let me pray for you.”
Him: “(Laughs a little) Sure man that sounds great!”
Me: “What’s your name?”
Him: “Ken Cole.”
(I prayed for him, asking for God to bless him, heal his limp, etc. Then gave him the money)
Him: “Wow thanks man. What is your card number? I’ll send the money back to you.”
Me: “Don’t worry about man.”
Me: “Yeah bro, it’s from the heart!”
Him: “Wow. Thank you so much…”
He was absolutely shocked after this encounter. He couldn’t believe that this just happened to him. He actually told me that he felt like something told him to walk my way (I’m actually getting teary eyed right now). The fact that he felt led to walk my way shows the careful hand of God on both parties. I clearly had his attention so I asked him about his relationship with God. He began to confess that he believes in a God but he felt bad about not going to church. He said he was too busy to go to church because of his job. I told him that Jesus isn’t hiding in a building and that he should pursue a deeper relationship with Him. He asked me what I was even doing. I told him that I was just trying to be available to show people some Jesus. He proceeded to tell me a little more about his life, and I had the privilege to minister to him. He then asked me what church I go to, and I proudly said “Rock Harbor”. I gave him directions and everything. It was time for us to depart and I know he was able to make it safely home with a story to share.
This encounter was such a beautiful illustration of the work of God’s hands. Each detail showed the precision of God’s involvement. Ken walked away with a deeper understanding of God’s provision. And I walked away knowing that if you make yourself available, God will take you on an adventure. God is faithful.