Stories of a good God

I had dropped my 6 year old off at school and was headed home, when I had a fleeting thought that I should head straight up to Bunnings and buy the padlock that we needed for our new lane way gate.

“Odd” I thought, “I’m just around the corner from home” … and in my wisdom I kept driving towards home thinking I would pop back home first to collect a piece of plumbing pipe I had bought there the day before, which I needed to return … but as I checked my plan with God I sensed that “no, I was to go straight to Bunnings now” …

“Odd” I thought again and I drove straight past my home … figuring “what have I got to lose in listening and obeying as I go” … and I wondered who or what I would encounter at Bunnings when I got there …

I found a park, and headed straight into Bunnings, and as I did I saw a friend from church that worked there standing at the door giving directions to customers.  I smiled at P and said “Oh, you must be the reason I am here … a blessing for me to see you …” and I stood smiling at her as we had a brief chat before I headed off for my padlock purchase …

I found what I needed and as I headed to the check out to pay, P caught up to me and suggested I let her buy me a coffee …

I hesitated.  I had so much to do in the day.  I felt so ungracious … but I had an urgent case that I needed to attend to, workmen in my garden, a variety of jobs and a small amount of time to complete it all in … I was already behind my own agenda with this extra stop off for God …

She saw me hesitate and said “no pressure, I know you are so very busy …”

I smiled and said … “no, I’m just checking with the Holy Spirit to see what He says … I am very very busy, but He wants me to stop and have a coffee with you … so I will …thank you!” and I explained what I had on my plate and hence my hesitation, not wanting to offend or hurt her …

We chatted, and it was lovely … I felt blessed to stop for a moment and be with a friend …

With her break time up, we wandered back to the check out, me still to pay for my padlock and she walked back to her post at the door.  I stood and waited to pay for my purchase and as I did I looked at the woman serving me and knew I was to offer to pray …

I stopped after paying and said to her:

“This may sound strange, but I am a Christian and I have an overwhelming sense that I need to offer to pray for you … is there anything that I can pray for you for …?”

The woman looked at me, shook a little and teared up …

“Yes” she said … “there is something you can pray for me for … there is … but I …” and she trailed off …

I knew I was not to push for details, it was private and she was suddenly over whelmed …

I said “Its ok, no need to tell me, God knows the details I will bless you, He knows what you need … which is why He wanted me to ask you if you needed prayer … “

She nodded and as she assented to me praying someone came up behind me to be served …

I stood back saying that I would wait … and as she finished serving that person … another one came for service … seemingly overlooking the other available checkout station … I stood and waited some more … and as she finished with that one … yet another came … and yet another again …

I stood waiting …

So often it  happens, I offer to pray and suddenly the check out isles  fill with customers … the teller is generally nervous with me waiting and so I know to wait looking relaxed, even if I don’t feel relaxed … and I tend to stand there feeling awkward … but I have learnt to be patient … that the time to pray will come, if I can stand my ground … and fulfil my assignment …

I quietly prayed for an opening, for the ebb of people to slow … and it came …

I walked back over, told her my name and she told me she was called “R”. I took her hand and I prayed.  I prayed a blessing, as I said I would, I prayed favour and I prayed wisdom in the pathways forward (I sensed she needed wisdom) … I prayed that God knew what her needs were and that He would meet them … and as I did, her eyes filled with tears …

There was no profound “knowing” or prophetic words that came to me that pierced her situation … just compassion that I had for her in whatever place she found herself in … she wished to remain private and I honoured that … as did God by not giving me any more insight than what I had, and I knew that me offering to pray, and her accepting the prayer, was enough for the Heavenly hosts to move on her behalf and release God’s goodness into her situation …

I finished, sensing I was to bless her with the Father’s blessing … I was to kiss her forehead … I told her that God was pleased with her, loved her, and she shook some more … and I asked if I could kiss her forehead …

She pulled back a little and shook her head, not daring to look at me, barely holding it together, and again I knew enough not to push  it … and instead I kissed my finger tips and gently placed them on her head and I thanked her for letting me pray.  As I walked away the  next customer came … and I saw her  wipe away some tears as she composed herself for the person she had to serve …

I walked past my friend P who could see what I was doing, who knew what I was doing … she had seen me do it before at Bunnings and in fact she has been doing this sort of thing for years in coffee shops and places she would visit …

I stopped by her side and suggested she watch out for R and we both looked over at R wiping away her tears …

I know that R is in good hands … P will watch out for her, as will God!

I left saying to God … “well that was an interesting morning … I saw a friend, had a tea, and had an encounter waiting for me …thank you” and I smiled at Him feeling my deep love for Him, and feeling His deep love for me … it had been a good morning …

I drove home knowing that had I rushed home instead of going to Bunnings for a padlock; had I not stopped for a cuppa I didn’t have time to stop for … I would have missed R, for she was not on the cashier when I was originally heading out … and P would have missed it to know to watch out for her …

I knew that had I not listened to God but listened to my own logic to collect the plumber’s piping that I needed to return that I may have been side tracked with workmen or other matters at home and I potentially would not have got up to Bunnings at all …

I knew that had I not stopped and listened to the fleeting idea; had I not recognised the fleeting idea as God’s idea, and not my own; had I not checked what God wanted me to do with my time that morning; had I not put my agenda on hold for God’s agenda … I would have definitely missed it … I would have missed seeing a friend, being blessed with a chat and a tea and I would have certainly missed being positioned to release God’s love into someone’s life …

Instead, I am so glad that I did listen, and through practice over time I have learnt to stop and check with God when such inconvenient or strange ideas pops into my head from seemingly nowhere … that sometimes those crazy ideas are not so crazy … but God ideas and that He is inviting us to co-labour with Him to work in the family business …

I have missed it so often … but through missing it and letting Holy Spirit speak to me in loving kindness, to teach and train me, I now miss less than I once did.  I had nothing to lose to follow the prompting I felt … and if I got it wrong, I knew my obedience would still please Him … My audience of One …  even if I was wrong I would have got the padlock that I needed.  So often He has us stop for the one as we go about our business … and because of this willingness to stop and to contemplate an idea that made no sense according to my agenda, I was given the privilege to pray for someone and to co-labour with the Creator of the Universe , and in so following God’s agenda rather than my own R now knows that God cares, God loves her and God is real … she had a real encounter to hold onto, she surely experienced a loving Father and this will show her that …

God is Good!

Comments on: "God’s agenda is good…all the time because…God is Good!" (42)

  1. Thanks for sharing your journey of listening and following Holy Spirit’s leading. You will never know how much your obedience meant to R and the decisions she needed to make. So often it is the small things that make tremendous difference to yours and other’s lives. :-)

  2. Kate said:

    After feeling like I had “missed it” with someone today, my immediate thought was “oh dear, I’m so hopeless.” Then i stopped and (remembering something Joyce Meyer says) I corrected myself, saying “No. That’s not right. I may not be where I’d like to be, but I sure am a lot further down the path than I was a year ago, or 5 years, or 20 years ago! Thank you Jesus.”
    It’s nice to hear that you feel like you “miss it” a lot less these days. I’m hoping to get to that point too, by the grace of God!
    I remember another post where you felt as though you’d missed it, and I was interested to see how you didn’t beat yourself up about it. That encouraged me to be easier on myself.
    Thanks for the encouragement.
    By the way, could you let me know of the name of the James Goll book on Angels you mentioned one other time? Thank you!

    • Hi Kate. When we miss it, it’s an opportunity to sit in the Father’s lap and learn … the trick I find is recognising I missed it! LOL!
      The James Goll book is “Angelic Encounters: Engaging Help from Heaven” great read … and expect your eyes to be opened as you read and for dreams to increase … as they did me, and the person that recommended me the book too!
      Blessings Kate!
      God is Good!

  3. Love it ;)

    I just loved that you said “I knew not to push for details” :) Sometimes it’s tempting, but we have to let God do His thing ;)

    Trusting God is so amazing!!! (especially when He lets us get a glimpse of what He is doing).

    I agree with you, I am learning to be more instantaneous in my obedience to those soft proddings……..especially when they don’t seem to make necessary sense. God IS good my sister :)

    Blessings in all your God endeavors!
    JC

    • Thank you JC.
      It is hearing Him and allowing the wind of the Holy Spirit to take us … The rest seems to take care if itself, although I so often find myself stepping back into my own agenda!

      • Me too! I look at it like training…..He’s training us in these one on one settings so when He has a ‘big’ assignment, we will fight/perform the way we train ;)

        I love that He is precisely accurate in ALL that He does. And even when I miss it, I am honored to be used by Him :)

      • Agreed! :-)

  4. I have been learning a great deal about obedience lately as well. God continues to work among us for His glory. I know I am grateful to be a part of it. What a privilege!

  5. Hi God is good, thanks for sharing, it’s wonderful to be the vessel God uses in a person’s life, although we often don’t know the seeds we plant that bear fruit but we will in Heaven.

    My times of intercessory prayer is different, more private, we all have different ways of expressing our gifting what is important as you shared is that we willingly express them in Jesus name and for His glory.

    I haven’t been receiving your Posts even though I’m following you, I hope it’s fixed now.

    Christian Love from us both – Anne

    • Hi Anne
      I have not been posting much due to various pressures with time … so you haven’t missed any posts I don’t think :-)
      Great to hear from you though and thank you for your comments.
      Blessings
      God is Good!

  6. Wow that was quick I just got back and I received your comment, No I did not receive this Post I saw you on someone else’s Blog and wondered how you were going so I clicked you and found this Post, if it happens again I will tell WordPress.

    Blessings – Anne

  7. I’m humbled to read your lovely and heartfelt message. I’ve had a particularly tough week and looked to God praying over and over, ‘Please, may your will be done.’ I discovered your blog at cattscoffeeincake. wordpress.com and am ever so happy I came to follow your blog. It reminds me a thousand times over that indeed: God is good. I’m reblogging this post at http://sheridegrom.wordpress.com and commenting.

  8. Reblogged this on Sheri de Grom and commented:
    This has been a particularly tough week at the de Grom household and I came across this blog thile reading another blog. The story told addressed how many times in the past week I came up short on what to pray, other than, ‘God’s Will Be Done.’ Reading this particular blog reminded me that indeed God is good and I’ll never be left in the cold and alone.

    • Hi Sheri
      I replied to this yesterday, but it appears to have “gone missing” (the reply that is!).
      My response said “thank you!”
      Thankyou for reading and for the privilege of re blogging.
      I was sad to hear you had a tough week. I read some of your posts briefly and see that you have had a journey that has involved great sadness and loss through mental illness. My condolences … My sister battles with mental illness and it is a dreadful battle.
      I am sure you have prayed many times etc. and many well meaning people have probably suggested all sorts if things. Of interest perhaps to you is the testimony I have heard from Randy Clarke or/and Bill Johnson (bethel Church Redding California) of schizophrenia healed…
      In any case thank you again!
      Many blessings,
      God is Good!

  9. Thanks for sharing.

  10. What a lovely story! I have listened to the Holy Spirit before too, and been amazed to be part of His plan in those moments. Truly incredible.

    • Thank you for taking the time to read and comment!
      It is great fun listening to Him and being a part of His plan to release Heaven in Earth!
      Blessings!
      God is Good!

  11. I think of so many times I’ve ignored the Spirit speaking. But, Oh, those glorious times when I forget the busyness of things and listen. Bless you for putting aside your agenda and focusing on His. I pray we all do the same.

    • They are glorious times … the thrill … but also the warmth of His love …
      Thank you for your encouragement … I do pray we all do the same … I pray for greater boldness and courage …
      Thank you for reading, and commenting.
      Bless you, God is Good!

  12. So many times we quench the Holy Spirit and when we stand out on faith, we are continually amazed by God. Your transparency is refreshing.

    • Thank you for stopping by; your comment; and your encouragement!
      Transparency makes it real and relatable.
      Quenching the Holy Spirit, or even just intellectualising a prompting away is easy to do, but the reward in listening and responding with a “yes” is amazing! When we have nothing to lose … But so much to gain (for ourselves and others) it really is worth it!
      Blessings, God is Good!

  13. Reblogged this on Collective Bargaining Ideas and commented:
    I came across this blog while reading another blog. God is good, thanks for sharing, it’s wonderful to be the vessel God uses in a person’s life, although we often don’t know the seeds we plant that bear fruit but we will in Heaven. Reading this particular blog reminded me that indeed God is good and I’ll never be left in the cold and alone.

  14. It’s march 2014 tomorrow…
    Kinda hanging out for some more stories!
    In Gods timing I guess :)

    • Hi Kate. Thanks for your comment and encouragement. Yes in “God’s timing”. We’ve had massive transition in our private world, and loved people in trauma, so our time time priority has gone elsewhere … That being said if you would pray that the way is made clear I am hoping to get a move along! Blessings,God is Good!

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      • I am with Kate on this…..was browsing looking for your stories :)
        Will keep you and your loved ones in prayer my dear.
        Blessings
        JC

      • Hi JC
        Thank you!
        There are over 200 stories on the blog but I think what’s lovely is that people want more which is very encouraging!
        And thank you for your prayers … I can actually feel the difference in terms of ease of walking forwards.
        Much wonderful good has happened.
        And much sadness for those around me also … But even in those situations the hand of God continues to shine! He truly is good!
        Blessings!
        God is Good!

      • Your stories always bless me….with your surrender and willingness to be used. I thought of you as I shared this today ;)

        http://thesound33.wordpress.com/2014/03/06/i-missed-it/

      • I read this and you didn’t miss it!
        You saw it, you heard it … And like a child learning to walk He will be delighted that your heart and eat were inclined to His heart for the girl!
        No doubt you prayed for her quietly as you left or later … And you have asked for another shot at it!
        Well done Beautiful One!
        Blessings, God is Good!

    • Hi Kate. Thanks for your comment and encouragement. Yes in “God’s timing”. We’ve had massive transition in our private world, and loved people in trauma, so our time time priority has gone elsewhere … That being said if you would pray that the way is made clear I am hoping to get a move along!
      Blessings,God is Good!

  15. Brogan said:

    I was preveously in a relationship where we didn’t have any freinds or talk to anybody, I felt trapped. I gave my life to Christ 4 months ago and I love him very much for what he has and is doing in my life!! I desire to live in obedience to him. I feel the prints from the holy spirit alot lately,whitch is y I’m posting now, but I struggle with courage and boldness to speak to people because of my 6 ye. Past. Please pray for me.. because you seem to me like a great prayer warriar and I need more healing! My heart sings with joy as I type because of your very encouraging message! Thank you! And may God overflow your cup of blessings!

    • Hi there. Thank you for reading. And yes … I declare in Jesus Name that you will be fully you! Everything you were created to be in the Name if Jesus! I also release a spirit if Boldness and Courage in the Holy Spirit. Bless you … God is Good!

  16. Brogan said:

    I was preveously in a relationship where we didn’t have any freinds or talk to anybody, I felt trapped. I gave my life to Christ 4 months ago and I love him very much for what he has and is doing in my life!! I desire to live in obedience to him. I feel the prints from the holy spirit alot lately,whitch is y I’m posting now, but I struggle with courage and boldness to speak to people because of my 6 yr. Past. Please pray for me.. because you seem to me like a great prayer warriar and I need more healing! My heart sings with joy as I type because of your very encouraging message! Thank you! And may God overflow your cup of blessings!

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