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Recently I was on a bus ride. As is typical in my bus rides, I asked the lady sitting across from me if she had ever seen God do anything. She in turned looked at her friend sitting across the aisle from her and waited for her friend to answer this old man's awkward question. I said, something like it wasn't a problem. The bus ride would be a long one and there would be plenty of time for a "God Spot". Before the trip was over, she had taken a picture of a "God Spot" and excitedly emailed it to me. Pretty awesome when you can capture God authenticating His presence and allowing me to blog about it. 🙂
On the same bus ride, I sat next to a young lady who had seen much too much of life through a bottle. As a child, she had been raised in a Christian home and prayed the believers prayer. You know the one. "God forgive me. I am a sinner. I don't want to go to hell. Please save me." That is a good prayer to pray. Where you spend eternity is no laughing matter, but some how the prayer and loving parents was not enough to keep life from being brutal. Can you relate to living life brutal?
Somewhere in her teenage years, she discovered alcohol and friends that fit in with a culture that led to alcohol addiction. I thought (and think I asked her) how could that be? How could she ask Christ to save her and then seemingly destroy her life with alcohol? I wasn't surprised that it had happened. I just wanted to know how?
It seems life becomes brutal one step at a time. The young lady didn't set her sights on almost dieing from alcohol poisoning. She didn't look to the future and consider separating from her husband. She didn't know she would lose a son. She didn't anxiously anticipate destroying her health. All she wanted was a simple drink which led her one more step away from the Christ she had accepted as Saviour.
She tells of a time only months ago when demons were tugging on her to drag her with them. She tells of heavenly angelic beings looking over her and discussing her destiny. Then, she tells of recapturing her faith and a God waiting with arms wide open. A loving God. Not a condemning God. A saving God. Not a destroying God.
And in the blink of an eye, she became "ONE" that the world might know. God instantly delivered her from a desire for alcohol. She has been sober since and is chasing after a renewed love for Christ. There are many struggles ahead as she works through the consequences of her actions, but she is confident in her faith and is eager to share it with others through word and deed.
This God Spot was special. God authenticated His presence even before I got to ask the question, "Have you ever seen God do anything for you?"
As a parting thought: Today, are you taking a single step toward God or away from God?