Holy Spirit promptings and opportunities, by Nicole Jeffery
I believe the Holy Spirit prompts us in our daily life. God’s work is always there to be done, and He chooses to do it through us, His secret agents. Are we listening? Are we willing?
One sunny spring day a few weeks after my wedding, I had one hundred and one errands to run down the street. I power walked past Jessie and crossed the road by the taxi rank.
The Holy Spirit whispered, “Go and talk to Jessie.”
My heart groaned within me. I made a quick phone call, then darted back across the way. I greeted the sixteen year old and showed her some wedding photos I had enlarged.
When I looked up, Jessie’s eyes were watery.
“Are you okay?”
“Yeah. Looks like I’ve been crying, but I have conjunctivitis.” It turns out Jessie’s family didn’t have the money for treatment, and she was waiting downtown for her Mum. School holidays with nowhere to go.
“Would you like to come with me to the chemist and I’ll buy you some eye drops?” I offered, knowing full well it was God talking and not my selfish self.
Jessie’s gunky eyes lit up.
I rushed off to complete a couple of tasks, then returned to fulfil my promise.
Many days if not every day, the Holy Spirit has kingdom tasks for us to accomplish. They are far more important than our “to do” lists, our employed work or our hobbies. Yes, we as women have responsibilities in the home and in society. But what could be more necessary than errands for the throne room of God?
If you are a housewife, ideas might pop into your head related to cooking, home decorating, or special thoughts to please your husband and children. Even simple things. Kingdom tasks need not exclude your family, because as a woman, they are your first mission field (Titus 2:4-5).
With shame I recall lost opportunities because I chose to ignore the voice of the Holy Spirit. I walked past people I know without stopping to chat. A comforting word or a listening ear may have been appropriate, had I taken the time to stop.
Random acts of kindness to strangers give me an inner tingle. I like to keep them secret, for then my reward will be in heaven (Ephesians 6:8), but for the purpose of encouraging you to do likewise, I’ll share a couple.
One day I made a call from a public phone downtown. With a clunk, I hung up, and waited for my change to clatter into its spot. As I reached for it, I hesitated, as I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Leave it there.”
I obeyed, thinking I would never know whom the money had helped. But as I turned and walked away, I saw an old man with a walking stick. Glancing over my shoulder, I saw him hobble up to the phone box with the express purpose of searching for change. Maybe he did that every day with hope in his heart.
Another day, I had finished grocery shopping and was wheeling my trolley towards the car. A mother and daughter were waiting with their bags, the weather appearing imminent. After placing my food in the boot, I returned my trolley and approached them.
The words from my lips proceeded from the Holy Spirit, “Would you like a lift?”
They cancelled their taxi and took me up on my offer. It turns out they were new to town, and the mother had been involved in a car accident a few weeks earlier.
God only knows whose path you will cross next, and be able to offer a hand. Be willing to be used, and God will give you Kingdom assignments tailored specifically for you.