Editor’s Note: Our weekly guest spot is our effort to help our reading community connect with each other. “Being Isaac” is in response to our growing number of male readers. We think it’s important that there’s a male reply to our female’s call to live in passionate pursuit of Christ. Thanks Isaac H for submitting another great post- this one speaking on his personal journey on reaching people in a radical way. God may not call all of us to live in such a radical fashion, but may we all be willing to step out how He wants us to when He wants.
Have you ever had God ask you to do something really crazy? Like really crazy?? I did. I know not everyone can believe my story because it is unusual, but I feel as long as I follow after God and do what He ask me to do, then I not have to worry what other people think.
I had been fasting and praying for several days when God speak to me. He told me, “I want you to take out your contact lens and not wear any glasses for six month.” I ask why He want me do this. He say, “When the people ask you why you not wear the glasses, you will tell them they are spiritually blind. You will tell them they need to get ready. The Lord is coming back soon.” I said, “I not can tell them this. They all will think I have lose the mind!” But God said, “You can.”
I decide to ask my mentor in America what he think about this. Does God ever ask him to do very strange thing like this. He said, God never have ask him to do this kind of thing, but if need confirmation to do maybe ask my pastor. He always teach me it is important to be under authority of your pastor.
So I ask my pastor and my pastor tell me God have already let him know that He would ask me to do some strange things that not many people have see before. My pastor marked the calendar on his ipad and made me take out my contact lenses that same night!
I was afraid going home that night. It was hard to see. It was hard to read the signs. The familiar path suddenly seem very unfamiliar. The coming days were all very challenging to me. It was hard to see, it was hard to walk, and it was hard to read the emotion on people’s faces. But mostly, it was hard because the message I have to share. Almost every day someone notice I not see too well and ask me why I not wear the glasses. Because so many people notice, almost every day I have to give the message of be spiritually blind; the message to get ready.
I think this message would be very hard to give anywhere, but is especially hard to give in my country. In my country is so important not to lose the face, not to cause someone else lose the face, and to give face and save face. So people here is not too direct. We say things in very subtle way. This message God give me is so direct. It is a very hard message to give. So every day I deal with the rejection. I meet the scorn. My direct message is cause them and me all to lose the face. And it make me sound very crazy. Almost every reaction I get is negative. People really think I have lose the mind. I can understand this reaction, but is still hard to take when it happen so much.
But two time now, I have see the grace of God work through this message! One was a young woman I meet on way to lunch meeting. I was try to read the sign, but struggle because not can see. This young woman see me struggle and she read the sign for me. I quickly go the direction I need, but then she say why you not wear glasses? So I have to tell her God’s message. I was frustrated from all the rejection and I was frustrated from not seeing and I was frustrated because be late to the meeting so when I tell her, it was not in very nice way, it was in frustrated way I bark at her “You all are spiritually blind!” I was already expect her negative reaction and start to walk away. Thank God, He can still speak to people even when the messenger is so unfit! She surprise me by asking, “What do you mean?” So I say you need to get ready. She say, “get ready for what?” My tone is much softer now and I say, “You need to get ready for God. He is coming back soon.” She say, “What God is coming back soon?” So I tell her about Jesus. And eventually I tell her where my church is and when we have service. I was amazed when the coming Sunday she show up! In just a few services she was receive His spirit and get baptize in His name! She is now regular attending our church! Praise the Lord. This young woman have no idea what joy she bring to my spirit when she decide to give her life to Jesus! Every rejection was worth it for this one soul to come to know Him!!
Now, I have meet another person through this message God give me. This time I was on the street and I fell down because I could not see the step. So many people just walk by and not care I am hurt, but finally an old grandma came to help me. She ask me why I not wear the glasses. I tell her because God told me not to. She say, “What God tell you this?” I say, “Jesus”. She say, “You are the Christian then?” I say yes. And she ask me, “Why would God tell you not to wear the glasses if it mean you are going to hurt yourself?” I say to her, “So that I would have the opportunity to speak to you.” And I talk to her about God and gave her the information to our church.
This old grandma has come to the church for five times now! The first few service she just sit there. She doesn’t seem to listen to the sermon at all. She doesn’t seem to be interested at all. I not can see her respond to God at all, but she keep coming. This past week when she came, I saw her sing the worship song. It was not much, but it was MUCH! I saw her start to respond. I am praying she will continue respond and she will get baptized and commit herself to be a Christian and be saved!!
It is not easy to give God’s message. It is not easy to be rejected. But it is worth it! It is better to please God than try to please people. Every soul is so precious to God. God love every soul and not want see one perish. So many soul in my country is lost. They are in bondage to enemy and not even know it! They need Jesus.
If God ask you to do something, do not be afraid to do. He will give you strength and courage to do it. He will help you. You will find even if it is hard, it will be worth it for the Kingdom.
Isaac H lives in Taiwan and loves playing with his daughter while living for Christ with all he has.