A few days ago I was watching the live 24-hr prayer room stream from the International House of Prayer website (http://www.ihopkc.org/), and they were sharing testimonies of what God has done in their lives. Everything from healing a small illness to showing someone who had absentee parents that they were a loved daughter nonetheless. It was so cool to hear how Jesus pays such rapt attention to us all, and how present He is, in both the big issues of our lives and the little details. He’s just there, loving us all the time, and hearing those testimonies made me aware all over again of the depth of His love. He really is amazing.
With that on my heart, the next day I went with my roommate’s aide to the airport to pick up his father. We get along and enjoy each other’s company, but we have rarely ever discussed personal things. I know things haven’t been the easiest for him and we have prayed for him from time to time, but we’ve never really had specifics to pray for. For some reason, driving to the airport he opened up a lot, sharing all kinds of details about life in his home country and the circumstances that led him to America.
Later, when he went inside to find his dad, I was circling around (you’re not allowed to live park). I kept thinking of the testimonies I’d heard, and how I’d been given this guidance in my prayer for this man, and suddenly I felt God’s presence upon me. I started to worship Him, first in spoken prayer and then in song. If you don’t know me, I am VERY self-conscious about singing. But there I was, driving through crowded lanes marked with security guards, singing in worship at the top of my lungs. And then something strange happened. I kept singing, but it was no longer existing popular Christian songs. Suddenly God was putting songs on my heart – verses and choruses and tunes and everything (!) – and I was just pouring them out to Him. This NEVER happens to me. I do play piano but not really for worship songs – it’s just a different type of playing than I’m used to doing. And lately I have been feeling a desire to get more proficient with worship songs but I really haven’t yet. So for me to go from that to coming up with my own songs to later play….that’s God, bringing me to a deeper level of worship with Him.
It’s so amazing how He shows Himself and taps into more and more parts of our hearts that we never even knew we had. Thanks Jesus!
And if you have a testimony of how God has worked in you, I’d love to hear it!! Submit your story using the link, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you!
And of course, as I am in NYC, I ask that you join me and thousands of others as we say prayers for the safety and well-being of those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Thanks, and God bless!