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Topic: AMAZING (04/19/18)
- TITLE: Dumbfounded
By Linda Lawrence
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I could hardly say no, but I could not imagine what to do with her when she came.
I told a friend about the predicament and she said, “Just love her.”
“Love her? You know me; I don’t do love well.”
“Well love is what she needs,” my friend admonished.
Now I was worried. I already didn’t like this guilty woman, let alone love her. And I hadn’t even met Jade yet. On the way to the airport to pick her up, I kept asking God what I should do with her. I put on a smiley, welcoming face to greet her. She also smiled, but seemed like she was anticipating an adventure.
The drive home wasn’t as awkward as I feared, since the scenery was new to Jade and easy conversation material. I suspect we were both feeling our way, trying to determine what to expect from each other.
And I assume we were both relieved when bedtime arrived.
In the morning, she was cheery and eager to explore our college neighborhood.
I still had no agenda besides providing a safe, prayed over, quiet place to spend time alone with God. I know from experience how it feels when someone tries to stir up conviction in me. I have all kinds of defenses. But it’s different when the Holy Spirit speaks. There is no defense. So I tried to stay out of God’s way. I was simply available, waiting. Waiting for God.
Of course we chatted, but not of anything of significance. I took her for a walk on a bike path through nearby pasture land. We sat on a bench and breathed in the peaceful pastoral scene.
Out of the blue, Jade said, “I feel so loved since I’ve been here. I can feel God’s love coming through you.”
“Really?!” I was dumbfounded. I had no loving thoughts running through my head. How could this be? I knew Jade wanted to feel loved, and that’s why she had an affair. But I was, and still am, absolutely amazed that God could and would use me to give Jade what I did not have but she needed.
Another friend later exhorted me to never say that I didn’t love well because God’s Spirit is in me and He is love.
I am convicted - and in awe.
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