By 11:00 a.m., four invasions from dubious, uninvited sources had occurred.
What was it I was just praying about? My patience was already strained as I listened to the message from the most recent invader: “Return this call immediately. If you do not, we will suspend your Social Security number.”
Righteous indignation sparked. Okay, you want me to phone right back? I will gladly call and tell you exactly what I think.
When the fake Social Security man answered, my rant began. “How dare you … terrifying innocent people … scammers and liars … abusing the elderly …”
Just as feistily, he retorted, “Why did you call if you thought it was a scam, and who told you to call?”
“God did!” I spat back.
Two thoughts in succession flashed in my mind. God is probably not backing up this call and—wait a minute—this is a God-call!
My heart instantly softened, and compassion flowed. “Don’t you know Jesus has a better plan for your life? He made you for a purpose. He’s given you special gifts and has a job suited just for you? One where you won’t have to lie. One you can be proud of.”
As I continued speaking, he mumbled at regular intervals. “Yes, ma’am … You’re right … I know … Thank you …”
Sensing his hunger, I spoke on about Jesus’ mercy and love and then somehow found the boldness to ask if he wanted to invite Jesus into his life. When he said “Yes,” I don’t know who was more amazed. I had the privilege of leading him to Christ.
What started as a frustrating day turned into a glorious one once I discerned the heart of God and what He was doing. I wondered how many moments like this I had missed. Is that ringing phone harassment or opportunity for me to proclaim the gospel? Is the grocery stop just a mundane duty for me, or does God have someone He wants me to reach?
Ask God to help you see moments of harassment as opportunities.
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