These are stories from February 2009. I felt to blog these now. Many speak with me and say “well its fine for you, you have been doing this stepping out thing for two years”.
Well, here is an early “stepping out” story … This is to encourage you to know that it is all there for you on the other side of the veil, not two years down the track but now. The veil is called “fear” and it is torn in two through obedience … I want you all to know that it is just a veil, easily cast aside and stepped through …
There was another veil (or rather a huge heavy curtain) that was torn in two when someone else was obedient to God … that someone was Jesus as He gave up His spirit for all mankind after He had hung on the cross … and that “veil” was a heavy thick curtain in the Jewish Temple that separated the Holy Place (where the Priests could go) from the Most Holy Place (where God resided) …
Jesus was obedient and in being so tore the curtain … in that one act we all gained access to the Most Holy of Holies … through Jesus we gained access to God Himself … and so now, through love and obedience we too can step through the veil and as we do we will step into who we truly are called to be ….
Sarah: M and I were up at Southland, buying a cheese slicer when I felt inclined to say to Sarah (who was serving us) that she had a lovely gentle and kind spirit.
She responded that she did not feel that way and that her boys sure would not because she had yelled at them to hurry up to get ready for school that morning.
I said that her yelling at them did not change the fact that she had a gentle kind spirit. I then explained that I was a Christian and I believed that God spoke to me about about people and that I felt He said that she had a gentle kind spirit.
She said she felt like it was the nicest thing anyone had said to her.
I then asked her if she would like me to pray for her and she would feel that peace and God’s peace in her.
She said yes and asked if I was like those healers that lay hands on people – she has a girlfriend who does that. I wanted to correct her about “healers but felt not to “correct” her and prayed for her.
She said that she certainly felt something as I prayed for her and that she felt good after the prayer.
Girl 2: I went into another store where a girl had a good laugh at me because I had asked for a product that I was in fact standing in front of (it was behind my back) … in the long and short of it God prompted me to go back after leaving the store just to encourage her to keep her great sense of humour – a commodity quite rare and for her to not let go of it – there was no explanation about why this time, and no prayer … just a compliment for a stranger.
Girl 3: I then headed downstairs on the escalator and noticed a girl sitting at the concierge desk.
I went up to the desk and explained that I was a Christian and that sometimes God points people out to me and I feel that He lets me know that He wants to tell them something.
I felt to tell her that God loved her very much and that she was extraordinarily special to Him.
She teared up and indicated that she felt overwhelmed.
I explained that it must be true of her since I do not ordinarily stop and say such things to people but I explained that He pointed her out to me and wanted me to let her know.
I offered to pray but she said she had to continue with something (she was quite overwhelmed) because she had a new job to start the following day and teary eyed she put her head down and got on with her “study”.
Girl 4: I went into a hair store and was served by a girl covered in tattoos.
I again felt to say something to her so I mentioned to her that she must have amazing patience – what I felt God was showing me about her. She asked me what I meant and I replied that she must have extraordinary patience for her to sit through all that time it would have taken to get the tats – it must have taken a great deal of patience, and courage.
I then said to her that I was a Christian and that I felt that God not only let me know that she was patient and had courage but that He really “dug her” and thought her tats were great (I wondered about this but went with it because I figured He loved her with or without them!).
She then got a bit emotional and said that she needed to hear that because the day before had been the anniversary of her sisters death over 20 years ago. I said to her that my Dad had died over 10 years ago but it still hurt. She agreed.
I then offered to pray for her. She agreed and I prayed quickly and she absolutely gazed into my eyes as I did it – praying just what God had said about her and how He loved her, how He thought she was great and dug her tats and that she was a girl of courage, patience, and to give her peace – I thanked God for the fact that her sister was ok.
She looked like she was ready to tear up more, but she was also very conscious that she was at work. It was very quick – she too felt God touch her.
What an amazing loving God to send me just when she needed to be loved, the day after a painful anniversary … coincidence?
I think not!
You can do it … step out and dare to believe you were born for something greater!
Step through the veil for … God is Good!