Thanks so much to everyone who left encouraging comments about Friday’s post, and my new prayer class challenge! I thought I should give you a little update – it was one of my favorite weekends ever!
My new prayer class began on Sunday, but the pastor of our church encouraged me to attend the prayer event that was happening at church on Saturday morning, so that is where I headed on a chilly fall morning this last weekend.
I wasn’t outrageously excited about going – that whole comfort zone thing was getting in the way again, but I was trying to ignore it. Little did I know what was in store for me…
We started the morning off with some singing, and during that time, our pastor encouraged us to pray quietly, or for someone else, if we felt led to do so. Immediately, a lady’s name popped into my head. And like usual, I said to myself, “No way! I am SO not going to pray for her right now! She will think I’m weird, and everyone else will think I’m just trying to be extra spiritual because I’m leading the prayer class tomorrow. Nope. Not doing it.”
But the thought kept bugging me, and finally it occurred to me that the only thing holding me back from obeying what seemed to be an urging from God was my worry about what other people might think. It became crystal clear to me that this was between God and me, and no one else. I needed to stop caring what other people thought.
Before I could change my mind, I jumped out of my seat, and headed over to her.
Praying for her was amazing. No idea how it impacted her, but it was amazing for me, because I was obeying God.
I went back to my seat with this huge, incredible joy in my heart. I said to God, “Whatever you tell me to do this morning, I’ll do it. Even if I don’t know for sure that it came from You, I’ll do it. As long as it’s good and in line with Your Word, and not illegal or sinful, I’ll do it.”
Oh, my goodness. Those are interesting words to say to God. I did things that morning that I have never done before. Someday, I might tell you all about it, but for now, I have to say that if you want an adventure, tell God you’ll do whatever He says!
It was completely awesome. One of the best days I’ve had in a long time.
I started getting really excited about what He might do on Sunday…
But I was still really nervous before my prayer class began. I didn’t have a plan. I ALWAYS have a plan. I have never taught a Bible study or led a session without knowing exactly what my plan was. I kept feeling that God wanted me to STOP having a plan, though, and just follow His leading on Sunday morning.
So I did, and of course, it was amazing. People shared their stories of how God was speaking and leading them, and I loved hearing it all. I got goosebumps many times over. There is just something incredible about hearing a whole bunch of testimonies about what God is doing here and now, in the midst of our “ordinary” days. He shows up in the simplest things, and suddenly the simple becomes miraculous, and it’s awesome.
We spent time praying that God would show us what He has for us this week, and I can’t wait to hear everybody sharing their stories next Sunday.
Are you having any adventures with God this week? Keep looking for Him, even in the smallest things!