“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
I remember awhile ago, I was sitting with a gentleman in my car and we were just talking about the usual, life, work, family so on and so forth. He started to get really excited because he had one of those “Aha” moments. He turned to look at me and referenced that above portion of the Lord’s prayer as found in Matthew 6, however, he stopped after the last part. “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”. You know when people just look at you and you can tell that their thoughts and yours just aren’t matching? That is exactly what happened. He said, “Terry, do you know how God’s will is done in heaven?” He paused for a second and said, “Immediately, without question”.
Recently there was someone in my immediate circles that shared something that was both extremely encouraging, but also a slap in the face at the same time. After attending a weekly small group Bible study, there was a lady who got in her car to drive home like every week in the past. It was about 10:30 at night and there was no one on the side walks, but as she was driving she noticed one man. As soon as she did, God immediately spoke to her and said, “Give that man a Bible”. Being a woman (her words not mine) she said that she immediately said to God, “I’m a woman, I’m alone, it’s dark out, there is no one around and he’s a man. God, I can’t stop, what if something happens?” She kept driving and after a few minutes God said once again, “I want you to go give that man a bible.” This continued until she was about one kilometre away from where she originally saw the man, finally she listened to God and turned the car around. When she was back in the area she no longer saw the man, then she heard God one more time, “look left”, He said. She saw him on a side street so she slowly pulled the car up next to him and rolled the window down an inch. “Excuse me”, she said. “I don’t know how you’re going to receive this, but God told me to give you a Bible”. He responded, “God told you to give me a Bible?” As soon as he said that, she immediately thought, “Here we go, he’s going to think I’m just a crazy Christian person.” However, to her surprise he said, “I’ve been walking around for hours tonight, meditating and talking to God, my original faith was Muslim, then I became a Christian. I was debating whether to go back to my roots of the Muslim faith.” And then he said, “So I talked to God and said, whichever God is real reveal yourself to me tonight.” Then he looked at her and pointed to a house two doors up the road and said, “See, that’s my house. I was about to go in and return to my Muslim roots, and you brought me this Bible. Now I know who my real God is.” With tears in both of their eyes, she got out of her car, opened up her trunk and gave him the Bible.
I’m at an age where I know God speaks clearly to those who are partnered
with him, (John 16:13). Stories like these encourage us, but in my life, because I partner with God, they are every day occurrences. However, for me personally, the question on my mind was. “What if she kept driving even two more minutes? Even if she would have turned around, the man would have entered his house and she never would have found him.” In the end, God would have sent someone else, I’m sure. Even so, who knows what that man would have gone through. Who knows if maybe he would have returned to his original beliefs and hardened his heart. You see sometimes to us, it’s an inconvenience, but to others it’s eternity. This reminder shook me. I often hear people say things like, “God has been dealing with me about something for months now.” Well, how many lives have we messed up or how many opportunities have we forfeited because of that selfishness? I’m glad this person shared this with me as it’s a great reminder of how we need to be ready to hear, and quick to respond.
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” As long as it is truly the voice of God, immediately, without question.