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Following the God-nudge

Take the daily opportunities to share God’s Word and change a life

I was driving down a street the other day and saw who I thought was a man sitting on a bench in front of a large apartment building. I got a strong nudge to go and pray for him.

I stopped my car and walked over to find that it was an older, bald woman. I said hi and asked her if I could pray for her.

She looked so confused and asked why in an almost annoyed tone. “Because I felt nudged to pray for you,” I told her. She burst into tears and said, “I am dying of cancer; yes, you can pray for me. My name is Maureen.”

I sat down beside Maureen and prayed as she wept. Before heading back inside, she gave me a huge hug, thanked me and told me that she had never been prayed for before.

I knew that God must have more in His plan than just a prayer. I went back to our Give the Word office and grabbed the He Cares New Testament, a Bible specially designed to help those facing terminal illness.

I wrote Maureen a long letter telling her my faith story and introduced her to Jesus and the plan of salvation…but I didn’t know if I’d ever see her again. So I prayed for God to make our paths cross again.

I went back to her apartment and waited for an hour at a time on three separate occasions but didn’t see her. After the third time I was almost ready to give up and went on my way to do some errands. Then, at the first store where I stopped, there was Maureen standing right in front of me in the check-out line.

She recognized me and gave me a hug. We went out to my car and I gave her the Bible and the letter. She called me a week later. “Your letter and this Bible has changed everything and I’m reading it every day!” she said. I invited her to church and she accepted, telling me, “I haven’t been since I was a little girl but would LOVE to go with you.”

Don’t ask for opportunities. Just take one and watch God work!

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