Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths."
My name is Ruth Strait, and I am a faithful servant to our Lord Jesus Christ. My goal when I am out and about is to spread the Gospel of Jesus to all who listen. Sometimes while out doing just that, the Holy Spirit speaks, changing my plans, turning me to go in one direction instead of where I planned to go. Listening, being obedient and doing what He says to do can lead to the most gratifying (and perhaps scary) moments. Trust and listen…
Several years ago, while living in South Carolina, I was on my way to the post office when I felt that I heard the Holy Spirit say to me to go to the bank first, don't ask why or what for, just go. So... I went there first, no questions, just did as He said. When I pulled into the parking lot, I looked up and saw a couple of people scurrying to a van that was stopped in the middle of the parking lot. An elderly woman, Jane, was on the ground, holding her head and rolling around in pain. I immediately parked and jumped out to help.
I sat beside Jane on the ground, talking with her and trying to comfort her. Meanwhile, the daughter, Annette, was trying to move the vehicle out of the way but we all yelled at her to stop. She did stop thankfully. While sitting on the ground with Jane, I was telling her that the fire and rescue crew were on their way. Another gentleman was there also telling her what the EMT folks were probably going to do with her.
Jane and I talked quietly while waiting for the emergency crews to come. I noticed that the more we talked the more she began to calm down and it seemed that the panic and anxiety that was there when I first came to the scene, was dissipating. She told me with a small smile on her face that she was a believer and knew that God would take care of her. I asked her if she would like for me to pray for her and with a bigger smile, she said “Yes, please!”. So, I prayed, and she prayed along with me. By the time we finished praying, the EMTs arrived and took care of her immediate needs then she was off to the hospital. I got back in my vehicle and sat there for a few moments, reflecting on what had just happened and thanking God. I prayed another prayer and went on my way.
It is so important to be obedient even in the smallest of ways, like turning right instead of left when God says to. You never know what God has planned for you, like for me that day, was to be there in that parking lot at that specific time directed by the Holy Spirit. Imagine the blessings that I would’ve missed if I had not listened to Him. Having the opportunity to pray with and for someone in their time of greatest need, that’s a huge blessing for me. Always be listening to what The Holy Spirit is saying to you, directing you the way to go.
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