We all have someone in our lives who does not know the Lord, who lives in darkness, and who we desperately want to see that there is SO much more than what we can see on earth. I've wanted that for quite a few people in my time, but there has been one in particular.
This man has been an alcoholic for as long as I can remember, that's a track record of 21 years and counting. We spoke a little less than a year ago, October 2011 to be exact, and I had seen that conversation as a little glimpse of false hope.. or at least I thought it was. I had so many expectations after that conversation. I expected a phone call, a conversation, but the phone never rang. I asked God why he did this to me, why did he make me think there was heart change going on that really wasn't. What did this mean?
God is always doing a great work, even when we do not see the fruit from it. It's humbling because I wanted everything to set in motion on my time. It doesn't work that way. God has his own plan, and He has perfect timing.
Fast forward to now, September 2012.
I receive a message from this man. The message proclaimed "let Him out of my life.. got to let Him back in." I stared at the message in disbelief, confused, and all the while I got so excited. I responded back with words that were not mine, I am a firm believer that God completely took over this conversation and gave me the exact words I needed to say.
The very next day following this conversation, I mailed him his first Bible. The Lord placed it on my heart to include a hand written letter explaining my own walk with the Lord in the very beginning of becoming a Christian. I didn't know how to find scripture in the bible. I explained how to find books, chapters, and verses, because I myself had no idea to do something as simple as that in the beginning.
A few days have passed. I finally received a message that the package had been received.
"I just finished reading the first chapter of Colossians out of my new Bible. Thank you so much Jessi! It is beautiful and I will cherish it always. My AA sponsor is going to lead me through the process of ridding myself of my old way of thinking and change it in a way more acceptable to letting God into my Heart and take the lead in my life...for the rest of my life. Keep praying for me, and with me during my recovery and the journey I am about to embark on."God is so good. It is truly amazing what He can do, and He alone. This is a true testament to His faithfulness. This situation has opened my eyes and my heart to believe that with the Lord, anyone can be led out of darkness into light. How incredible is it that the Creator of the universe works in each of our hearts in different ways, in different seasons, and speaks to us individually.
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them. I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them." - Isaiah 42:16Have a great week and keep in mind that the Lord loves you just as you are, and He will forever pursue you no matter what age you reach.