Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Day Jesus Spoke to Me in a Parking Lot

"Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!" Hebrews 13:2

One morning this week, I stopped by Starbucks to have a little quiet time with God. After finishing up, I ran across the street to the grocery store to pick up a few things and meet a friend to drop off her photography cd.
As I was leaving and walking into the parking lot, I spotted a tall, wiry old man to the left of me walking up to a college-age kid asking him for some change. They both smiled and the young man gave him what was in his pockets and walked off. In the back of my mind, I figured he would come ask me. I was already to  my car and my hands were full of groceries. He walked up to me and said, "ma'am, do you have any spare change so that I can get something to eat?"
 I casually said, "yeah, hold on a second and let me finish putting my groceries away...." The grey-headed man with tubes coming from every which way smiled gently and said, "no problem, thank you." He stood a safe, friendly distance away while I finished putting my milk into the back. Then he asked out of the blue with my back to him, "do you read the Bible?" "Yeah I do!" I exclaimed. He replied, "read John 17. There are 24 verses. Read it" I said, "awesome, I'll do that." He then asked me if I was from a town about two hours away (the hometown I just moved from!) "Yeah, yeah" I replied, pretty confused. He then began to tell me how he used to work at the state park there and ride horses before his wife died but after she passed, he moved to C here and shortly after, found out he had cancer. (Hence all the tubes, I suppose)
Then, what he began to say next absolutely blew me away. You see, for the past three or four weeks, my husband and I have been having discussions about healing and sickness almost daily. We have been reading in Matthew and Mark where Jesus heals sick, raises children from the dead, and cures people of diseases instantly. Each had great faith in Jesus and knew that He would heal them or their loved ones and HE DID. Every time. I have been praying, thinking, confused, and marveling at all of those encounters with Jesus. I have been asking questions about people with cancer or disease who have not been healed and why that was. I had no answers and neither did my husband. We just kept reading about Jesus always healing. We believed, of course, but I was still confused. God knew that I was confused but the night before this encounter with the tall man in the parking lot, I remember thinking that God will show me one day...
After the man, for a few short moments, told me how he had been to a veteran hospital, he told me how they stopped paying for his medical bills. I told him that God always provides. He said, "He sure does and He always will!"
Then he said, "Did you know that I have been healed from my cancer? I still do some radiation so that it doesn't come back but I'm healed. Yes, the last time I went to my doctor for a scan, I told him that I was cured! The doctor looked confused and said, 'really, how is that?' Then I looked at him and told him that God had healed me! I prayed to Him last night that my cancer would be gone because Jesus says in the Bible that if you have faith that Jesus will heal you then you will be healed! And we took a scan of my cancer and sure enough, it was gone! I was healed!"
I looked in amazement. All I could say was, "wow! how awesome! wow!" Not only was he a miracle but he had no idea that Jesus was speaking straight to me through his testimony and his words. Or maybe he knew exactly. Is it a coincidence that this poor survivor of Vietnam, his wife dying, and cancer walked into that parking lot and stood in front of me as soon as I walked out of the store into the same parking lot? Is it a coincidence that he was a Christ follower, a faithful servant of the same One True and Living God that I love and serve? Is it "random" that he was just healed of cancer and felt so inclined to tell ME about it after passing so many other people?
No. There are no coincidences with God.
Jesus lives and He speaks. He is bigger than the box we, or I, sometimes put Him in. He can and will use anyone or anything to speak love and Truth to us, to reveal Himself. WE HAVE TO BE AVAILABLE. Our eyes and ears must be OPEN.
He wanted me to know that if I have faith in Him, pure and undoubting faith, that anything is possible. He will move mountains to heal me, save me, heal my loved ones or save them. Anything. Because He can and I believe.
If I hadn't given that man (or that angel) some cash, I would have missed out on hearing JESUS speak straight to me. If I hadn't chose to be available,  I would have missed out on encountering a huge blessing.  If I hadn't allowed the Holy Spirit to lead me to show hospitality to a complete and utter stranger, I would have missed out on entertaining that angel and feeding Jesus. {Matthew 25: 35-40 read it!}
"Remember to read John 17," he reminded me as we walked away, "remember."
I went home and immediately opened my bible to John 17 and began to read. It was Jesus praying and speaking to His father. He was praying for blessing and protection over his followers. I encourage you to go and read it. Let Jesus speak to you. He loves you so much. Here is a few verses from John 17...
“Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy.  I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.  I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than I do.  Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.  Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.  And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth."
John 17:13-19

Be available. Be available. Be available.

You just might encounter angels.


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  1. This is so encouraging! I love how God uses things that seem "random" or "coincidence" to speak to us and encourage us. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story!

  2. Nice post. I am glad that the Lord heals but even more amaing that He heals our hearts from sin. Thanks for sharing. I hope you are having a fun trip.

  3. Wow! I love this. What a great reminder that God shows up at times and in places we could never imagine. What a wonderful story!

  4. Oh wow, this is awesome! Absolutely phenomenal. I love when God speaks to us when and where we least expect it.

  5. Wow-- this story is so amazing. I really can't even put together anything to say expect that I have tears running down my face and this is so awesome. Thank you for sharing this with us! You are such a light sweet friend!

  6. what a great testimony! Praise God for those encounters that just knock you off your feet and make you remember how good He truly is.

  7. Katie, this is such a beautiful post. What a true praise being able to talk to that gentleman. I'm sure you spoke to an Angel. Thank you so much for sharing this!

  8. What an amzing experience. He still performs miracles everyday even though we may not know or see them. And I know without a doubt that he answers our prayers and speaks to us. xo

  9. What a great experience! I love hearing the stories people have to tell, thanks for sharing yours and this man's! :)

    John 17 has become one of my favorite chapters. You're the second person today to remind me of John Piper...Have you read his little book "Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ"? It's WINDERFUL. I read it several years ago at Christmas time and I go back to it in my mind often. It's based on John 17.

  10. Amazing. Amazing!! I love your reminder to be available. I think sometimes we think that means to free ourselves up to physically DO something, but sometimes all God wants is our hearts to be openly available to receive His teachings... which sometimes only involves listening. Thank you for sharing this, Katie!

  11. There isn't a time I come to this space of yours and leave without feeling rejuvenated. Friend, I'm so glad God has placed you in my life!


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