She was delighted to tell us she was married but had an infection under the ring so she couldn’t wear the wedding band. Bingo! I had now discovered how God was going to touch this woman’s life. I asked her if I could pray for her finger. Her response was classic…’What?’ I repeated ‘pray for your finger to be healed’. And with that she said, ‘sure’ and gave me her hand.
And so I got the privilege of bringing the Kingdom of God to the Walsall Council. Yahoo! God is on the move!
My observations from this occasion are:
1. I was not planning to go with Jim at all. I had an agenda for the day and it didn’t include going there. However I felt from the Spirit: ‘Go – you need to be a presence there’. I argued the point, even discussed it with Jim. His response was: ‘Are you going to be logical or obedient?’ There’s a good one. Some times going somewhere or talking to someone isn’t logical but actually spiritual. Think about Philip (Acts 8:26) when he was told to go walk on the road and ended up talking to the Eunuch from Ethiopia. He got to share the gospel with an important official, baptise him and end up somewhere totally different. That is not very logical but its Kingdom.
2. I was drawn to her ring. It wasn’t that exceptional but it was what the Holy Spirit was drawing me to. Like something being highlighted. This is what Paul said when he was in Athens. Acts 17:22 ‘I see you are very religious people’ – and at that point he got to preach and bring the Kingdom of God to Athens. Jim and I had prayed before we went that God would lead us and show us the person He would have for us this day. You need to be alert and seize the moments.
3. I had to open my mouth in order for her to respond. I could have just left that place and not prayed. But in Matthew 11:12 it says, ‘From the days of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been subject to violence and violent people have been raiding it’. That word ‘violent’ means an enforcer, to be seized, press in, energetic. We need to seize the moments given to us and press into every opportunity. When we do, we enforce the Kingdom of heaven and advance God’s presence here on earth - like it is in Heaven. Sound familiar – your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
We have good news to bring. Luke 4:18 says, ‘the Spirit of the Lord is on me because He has anointed me to bring good news’. Walk in that anointing and be an enforcer of the good news. The very last verse in Mark 16:20 says, ‘then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed His word by the signs that accompanied it’.
Stepping out to bring the Kingdom doesn’t mean you are going to have trumpets blowing and a neon sign saying, ‘Pick Me, Pick Me!’ What it means is walking in obedience, stepping out and being bold. I didn’t feel warm and fuzzy, excited or nervous. I just offered what the Kingdom of God had to give in her time of need and that was healing.
We left the Council building knowing we had done what God wanted us to do. The rest is in His hands. She encountered the love of a gracious Heavenly Father and He who began a good work in her will bring it to completion.
I wonder whom God has for me to encounter next? And where will we end up? What fun!