The message showed up in my inbox in the middle of an ordinary Friday. One of hundreds that made it my way that week. Although I’m sure I miss a few here and there, I read every message I receive, over email, website, Facebook, instagram. Each word matters to me, the people behind them even more so. I know those who find the courage to write are only a fraction of those who struggle to hang on to their faith in the middle of real life. Which is why making space for their stories matters to me.
However, this message from a gentleman I’ve never met, touched my heart in a unique way.
Why? Because he wasn’t looking for me. Nor was he looking for God. But God chased after him anyway, and he used a message I delivered more than a year ago to let him know.
I am sure you hear this all the time, but As I was surfing the radio channels hoping to find some decent rock to listen to, I always quickly change the station if it’s religious. I was drawn to listen to something you were saying about why a little girl was asking you why do you talk funny. For at least the first 10, I think more like 20 minutes it didn’t feel religious until well after explaining your life changes.
This speech brought me to tears. One because of what the subject matter was about and 2 cause I have some strange spiritual things happen to me recently. It’s like like God has been trying to get my attention. And I feel he put me in the path of you.
If haven’t guessed it yet, I am a truck driver. Not an easy life in any way. I attend church only on major holidays, besides the fact my belief is I can pray anywhere I want, not in need of a church. And yes there are certainly things about me that I am looked at for me in a bad way. So this speech hit all those buttons. For now I just want to thank you for sharing your life, bet you touched many lives. what a great way to leave a foot print in the sand.
This message from my new truck-driving friend “John” reminded me of three important Truths:
- Faith is a work of God’s great grace, not our great effort.
- God will go to great lengths to draw those He loves to himself. He’s not giving up on you, not even close.
- We may preach and teach and write all kinds of Gospel words, but it is God’s Presence that changes and heals hearts.
- My one job? To love Him so much that the reality of His presence within spills out all over. The rest is up to Him.
As for the message John stumbled onto on the radio? It was a presentation I delivered to the full staff at Focus on the Family in July 2018. About a week ago, they aired it on the radio and posted it to YouTube. If you need to hear a word on how to stand firm on Truth even when life falls apart, watch it below.
And, for the record, if I appear to have any confidence at all, it’s because other secret I share in this message. One-hundred percent.