Jesus, is there something you want me to do?
Suzie had encouraged me as a reader to write this question on a sticky note and put it where I would see it regularly, asking Jesus, “Is there something you want me to do?”
So I did.
Each time I walked into my office, I saw that bright, pink heart with the simple question. I asked it.
Most of the time, His answers were quite small.
Take my friend some flowers.
Write a note on the desk of another.
Remember to send a card of thanks so one doesn’t feel forgotten.
I received a lot of joy from those small acts of obedience. I guess I got into a rhythm after awhile. Moved by the Lord and got moving, right?
I am so glad I’m learning the power behind the small “yes”. I discovered on a trip to India recently that the small yes can lead to a miracle.
I’ll let my friend, Suz, tell you all about the night her and I recently followed Jesus when He said, “Come with me.”
It was the end of a long day.
We had just left a literacy class located in a slum in South Central India. I (Suzie) was overwhelmed at what God had just done in that small room.
It was after 10 p.m. It was still over 100 degrees.
I wish I could describe the traffic we were in, but a giant game of Chicken doesn’t accurately define the thousands of pushing, shoving match of cars, buses and scooters.
“Is it possible that we could go one more place?” one of the MI team asked.
He had a friend whose wife was ill. She was at the hospital undergoing chemo and would be home in 45 minutes. It meant that our night would extend two hours, but as a cancer survivor I knew how desperately I needed encouragement years earlier.
“Sure,” I said.
My friend and Proverbs 31 Ministries sister and team mate, Lynn, instantly agreed.
We finally made our way to her apartment. We walked through the door. She sat in a chair, weak. She wore a night gown, a sea green scarf covering her hair, nearly all gone.
I sat across from her and told her my story. How I once was diagnosed. How I needed to talk to someone who had been through it. How God loved me and my family through one of the most fearful and hardest parts of my life.
She stared at my face intently.
“Are you Suzie Eller?” she asked.
Seriously. Did she just ask that?
“Yes. How do you know that?”
She put her hand to her mouth as the tears came. She told us that she reads the Encouragement for Today devotions from Proverbs 31 Ministries every day. She said that we had become friends, like sitting together over tea, as we loved Jesus together.
In a nation where Christianity is rife with subtle and overt persecution, this courageous woman loved Jesus.
She started naming members of the team, those who wrote. She looked over at Lynn and said, “You’re Lynn Cowell.”
“I have often prayed that I could come to the United States and thank my friends.” She shook her head as more tears came. “How is it possible that God brought you to my front door in my lowest hour?”
The odds of meeting this women on this trip was 1 in 1.2 billion.
How big is God?
How personal is God?
I had struggled with leaving the U.S. at an “inconvenient” time because of a book launch. God spoke to me that day through my new friend.
Following Jesus isn’t about our agenda. It’s not about whether it’s convenient. It’s discovering His heartbeat. It’s loving people. It’s seeing how He works, and how stepping into His footsteps leads us from the natural to the supernatural.
I still fall apart when I think of this moment.
God loved her so much that He stirred a few of us 8,000 miles away to come to India. We had a plan. We had a purpose, but so did He.
Her name is etched on the palm of His hand. He wanted to encourage this beautiful, strong woman of faith. I got to be a small part of that all because I whispered yes, when everything inside of me was saying no.
That’s the miracle I witnessed.”
Today, I’m offering one give way of Suzie’s new book, “Come With Me; Discovering the Beauty of Following Where He Leads.” I’ll choose a random winner from the comments in today’s blog post. To enter, simply share one small yes Jesus might be asking you as He says “Come with me” in the comments section of the site below. If you’re in a hurry, simply say: I’m in.
The winner from Wednesday’s give away is April V.! April, send me an email at Lynn@LynnCowell.com with your full name and address and I’ll get it right out to you!