It's not everyday you meet someone and the Lord gives you just an amazing insight into their hearts. But when it does, and you get to see the Fathers heart, it's amazing.
That happened today. Just a sweet Saturday with my man, headed to one of our favorite places to grab a salad, and the next thing you know, we're hearing an amazing testimony.
Now right away you may think we ran into a fellow believer, sorry to disappoint, but the young man says he's an atheist.
Now don't get sad, the Lord says trust. And so we continued to talk. As he told us he was an atheist, the Holy Spirit told me that he had an immense amount of sorrow in his life, I could see it in his eyes. So I shared that with my man, and he asked him. . ."have you lost someone?" Wow, it's like the floodgates opened, he had lost his parents before he could remember, lost many friends and even lost the love of his life to cancer. At Time to Revive, where I work, we train people to love, listen, discern and respond. Our loving and listening that day allowed us to discern that this young man needed to know that he was not alone, that he was loved and so that's what we did. We discerned that we needed to find out more about what he loved, what he enjoyed, why was he working and what was he working for (we're all working for something). As our meal came to an end, my sweet man had told him they needed to hang out, we had found out that he loved to write and that he was open to another visit! Awesome! The ball is in his hands, as he has our number and contact information, but before we left, he was hugged and encouraged. My prayer is that he saw a Christ that is loving, not pushy, who listens and cares and will love above all, through our interaction. Will you pray with me for this young man? Pray that he is encouraged that true love and healing come from Christ. As we walked away, the Lord told me to pray that he is set free. Lord I pray he's set free. What's ironic, shortly after that, I had my own experience with grace and love. Come to find out I need to be set free from fear, no new surprise, but just a constant reminder that only Jesus can set us free.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36