I met a guy!
Let me tell you all about him.
Today, I went to the park to edit a book, found a pavilion, sat on a bench and turned on my music. About 29 minutes into the process, this Caucasian guy with tattoos comes over with a cigarette in one hand and a book in the other. He said "Hi" and asked me how I was doing and I said "great."
About five minutes later, I turned and saw that he was laying down on the bench adjacent to me, and he was reading "I Declare," by Joel Osteen. I asked, "Is my music too loud for you?"
"No, I actually like it. I'm in my own world, ya know?"
He said," You ever read this book?"
I told him I hadn't, but I heard it was good.He said, "It's good. I like some of the stuff he's saying in here. I'm trying to change my life and it's really helping me." I was curious about what he wanted to change...
He told me a little about the book, and I said, "Are you a Christian?" He told me he couldn't say that he was a believer, but he believes that there must be a higher power, because there is too much good that happens in the world for there not to be a God.
We talked for the next 45 minutes about his life and how he thought he had screwed up big time because he had been divorced and suffered from PTSD after serving in Afghanistan and he had recently experienced another breakup and was trying to make things right with his child's mom. He felt condemned by his past; with tears in his eyes, he expressed that he just wanted to make things right.
I told him that there IS A GOD.
I told him how I was once in the pit of hell doing all types of things I shouldn't have and God rescued me and even saved my life from what could have been a 25 year prison sentence!
He was thankful that I shared my story. We learned that we had a lot in common - mostly being tormented by the enemy with thoughts of failure, condemnation, anger...
He expressed guilt and not feeling like he could ever be forgiven for some of the things he'd done.
I shared with him two scriptures - and told him that if he acknowledged and accepted the Lord that his slate would be wiped clean. "God makes all things new."
Romans 8:1 "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus..." and Romans 8:28, "All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose."
He said that he'd witnessed three of his close friends be blown up during the war and that's when he came home.
I told him that God saved him, because he is called and designed to do something great.
The Lord led me to tell him, "You are wise and God is developing more patience in you through this situation with your child's mom."
We were both blessed by this conversation and we exchanged numbers. I encouraged him to call me whenever he needed to talk because he said that our conversation had helped him.
"I'd rather be in the park talking to you than at a bar or someplace where I'd normally go. This is peaceful. This can't be a coincidence."
I am so happy to have met him and so thankful that God connected us. He was feeling more confident about restoring his relationship with the woman he loved, and he would begin to give all his cares and worries to God. I was truly blessed that God saw it fit to connect us two strangers who are totally different by appearance, and yet so much the same.
Don't be afraid to talk to strangers. It could be a GREAT move of God!
Pray with me for him.
His name is Jeremy.
Lord, please allow the seeds of faith that have been deposited into him to grow into a beautiful life in You. Lord, please convict Jeremy to accept the Lord as his saviour. Make Jeremy a witness to your redeeming power. Lord allow him to be a light to all he meets, and in the name of Jesus, please restore every relationship according to your will. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Thank you for joining me in praying for Jeremy! God bless YOU!
Natasha T. Brown
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