A couple of days ago I had an encounter of seeing God’s love overflow. It is a memory that I will forever cherish because I was able to see a glimpse of His tenderness being outstretched. While there were so many things taking place all at the same time, God narrowed down His sight on this one person. I know for a fact that He made himself known.
It is nothing I could ever do if it wasn’t for knowing the love of the Father. Without Him I would never have been so sensitive to this moment that took place. In fact, I know for certain, it would have easily passed me by. I thank God he gave me the privilege to see His work.
Standing out on the sidewalk of Santa Teresa a young woman came out of the clinic looked around and saw that the person that took her was not there. She proceeds to sit in the shaded part of the building and leaned her head against the glass window. As I looked at her I thought, “that is God’s beautiful daughter whom He loves so much and she feels alone.”
I felt this deep love toward her, mixed with sorrow and a longing for her to know that she was not alone and was very much loved. Without thinking, I quickly went to get a water bottle and a snack. Then as I go back to where she was sitting I see the security guard telling her that she can not be there.
I saw her get up and begin to walk farther away from the clinic and again I felt this overwhelming love for her and longing to tell her she was wanted. In my mind this thought came to me, “the place in which you went to seek for help no longer is concerned for you but I want you. I want everything.”
Not thinking twice I stepped a lot closer than I was supposed to and the guard yelled to get back but everything became background noise and it was only her. I needed to get to her. That was the feeling I felt in my heart. The amazing thing is, that this time she didn’t ignore that I was there, like she did before, when I was offering a brochure. She simply walked toward me and took the bottle I had outstretched to her. As I started the conversation and gave her all the information I had, we both began walking to the shade where the trees are.
I asked if she was okay and she shared everything and all I did was listen. At the end I asked her if I could have her number and as we exchanged contact information, the truck that dropped her off was at the curb, but before she left, I asked her if I could give her a hug and when I did, I held her. I prayed that she would feel the love God has for her and I believed she did.
All I knew was that this moment was a God moment. A divine appointment. I believe in my heart it was Jesus meeting her at the well. I pray that you also feel His heart as you stand outside and pray. I have come to find that the greatest impact happens when we allow God to use us as a vessel for His love to reach someone that needs it.
Devotional for Day 18
Scripture: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” John 3: 14-15
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim,
till all the world, adore, His sacred name.
Come, Christians, follow where our Savior trod,
Our King victorious, Christ the Son of God.
Led on their way by this triumphant sign,
the host of God in glorious ranks combine.
All newborn followers of the Crucified,
bear on their brows the seal of him who died.
O Lord once lifted on the glorious tree,
as you have promised, save and set us free.
So shall our song of triumph ever be:
praise to the Crucified for victory!
– George W. Kitchin, Michael R. Newbolt. Text © 1974 Hope Publishing
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, as we lift up your cross, may You draw the people of Southern New Mexico and West Texas to you. Send forth your spirit to help us to believe in you that they may have eternal life, especially those women contemplating abortion and those working for the “Women’s Reproductive Clinic” and “Planned Parenthood” abortion facilities. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen