Helping Strangers

     This past Sunday our Pastor was speaking about hearing God, and how we need to train ourselves to listen for his voice. It was this sermon that made me remember a time when I heard God’s voice speaking directly to me. I’d like to share this with you, and know that God is looking to communicate with you if you’re willing to listen.

     It was around 9 years ago I was working in a fast food restaurant as a manager, I had just gotten off of my evening shift (2pm – 12pm) and was on my way home. This is when I was enjoying some country music on the radio enjoying my trip home, I remember vividly, I had became overwhelmed with emotions and I heard the following “Give Laura $200.” and that was all I heard. There was no why, no when, and no clear explanation for this.

     I fully believed in God and was actively worshiping, I had only my paycheck of $485, this was to cover gas, rent, groceries. I didn’t even want to spare any money to anyone. But I didn’t want to question God, who does that…? Oh yeah wait I did. I asked him in prayer if he really wanted me to do this, I told him I couldn’t spare anything, and I was just short of saying “No, God I really don’t want to do this.”. 

     Well the next day I was at the gas station getting fuel and a drink for my trip to work, I seen the ATM but I just didn’t go and withdraw the money to give to Laura. I finished fueling my car and departed the gas station to head to work. Well an hour later I arrived to work and walked into the building, looked over at the ATM and walked over withdrawing $200.

     During my shift I called the young lady into the Manager’s Office, I told her I don’t know if you believe in God but he hears your cries for help. Last night he asked me to give you exactly $200, and I simply handed her the money. Well she actually teared up and confessed that she did believe in God and was in need of help. I asked her if it wasn’t an issue if she could tell me what she needed money for, well she looked at me and said “I’m short $200 on my rent this month and I just don’t know what else to say.”

     I told her that she only had to thank God and that I was simply following orders from him. I don’t know what this was all about, was God testing me, would I serve his will no matter what he asked of me? I didn’t suffer that month either, I had just enough money for my bills and that just meant less play money.

 So now I say, Lord please continue to use me, talk to me, and let me help others that pray to you for assistance. This is my will, and what I want to do. Now I’m at a point in my life when I could really use that $200, The Lord has actually blessed me with more than that and for that I’m thankful I didn’t question Him, but just followed in obedience to Him.

     Just last month during all of my struggles I was blessed with money that helped my family temporarily, and I continue to pray to God for the long term help we need.

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4 thoughts on “Helping Strangers”

  1. Blessing to you. I understand the need to walk in obedience when the Lord tells you, no matter what.. I have also had to walk in obedience and do things that seem impossible…Like start a ministry to help victims of abuse. I have learned that God allows us to go through rough times and tests us to see if we will do what He tells us to. It’s a test of faith! Since He has spoken to you once, expect more. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED and it will come to pass… May God bless you exceedingly and abundantly!!!

      1. I will be praying for you as you take these steps of faith. I have written a book in obedience to God and it is in publication now. It is called The Walking Wounded and it is about my life and how God rescued me from abuse. I have also been on that walk of faith since…and keep expecting the miraculous… Thanks for following and I will keep following you…Bless you…

  2. Great story. I have had many of these so called “coincidences” that the world calls them (but we know better). Sad to say I have disobeyed some but I know we can only be blessed when we obey. Even though it’s hard to lose that $ temporarily, He will bless us down the road in this life and the next.

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