Psalm 143:10 "Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!"
My name is Ruth and have the calling of an Evangelist. It is my dedicated service to God to spread His Good News to any and all who will listen. Talking with people is something I love to do and will do so at every chance given.
Obedience to what God says to do, even if it sounds a bit “out there,” is so very important for our walk with Him. When I go out, I normally wear my veterans ball cap to be an ice breaker for conversation, but I felt led to wear my Jesus hat to aquatic therapy the next day.
Psalm 143:10 "Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!" James 1:22 "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves."
This particular morning, I was scurrying to get ready for my appointment as I woke a bit later than I had wanted to and started out the door when I felt reminded: "Wear your Jesus hat.” Okay, so I did, wondering what great things were going to happen today.
I get to the aquatic therapy pool, started my exercise routine as usual and saw that my new found friend "George" had just come in. He is a retired Marine veteran and always has a war story to tell. I sensed that he was not having a very good day and started up a conversation with him. He opened up right away and told me the troubles he was going through as a veteran with PTSD. He experienced a meltdown the day before and was feeling sorry for the way he had acted out to this other person. He was telling me that he had let his temper get the best of him. I told him that Jesus still loves us when we mess up, flaws and all. He stated that he knew that and knew he had only ask for forgiveness from God. Right then I knew that God had opened the door even more and I asked George if he wanted to pray for forgiveness and for healing. He said " Oh yeah, you can pray for me anytime. Thanks." I responded back to him saying “Let's pray right now.” He looked at me funny and said "Now? Like right now? Here?" I said "Yes, let's pray right now!" So, we prayed, right there in the pool with a few others watching and listening. We talked for several minutes more about the power of our words, that we can either speak life or death over ourselves and that God is bigger than anything we may go through, bigger than any illness we may have. There were a few quiet tears in his eyes as he expressed his gratitude for me for listening to him and praying for him. My appointment time was over, and we parted ways. It was the first time since going to my appointments that I have seen George smile that much.
Simple act right? It is such a powerful thing when we pray for one another no matter where we are. George left therapy that day, I believe, with a renewed heart and mind, with a better attitude and a smile a mile wide. I reflected on what I felt led to do the day before – wear my Jesus ballcap to aquatic therapy. Thinking back, I realize the time spent conversing and praying with George brought forth the outcome for the blessing he received. Most of all, I reflected on George, how that perhaps he would go forth in his day with a renewed purpose in his life. All glory to God!!
This monthly Equip blog has been provided by Rev. Ruth Strait as she loves and leads in Christ during her daily travels.
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