A Life Changed

I sat with a good friend of mine this afternoon. We had a long chat, as good friends tend to do. But I found out something new about my friend Cheryl—she is now a disciple for Jesus because someone else in her life was a disciple for Jesus. I had never heard this part of her story, and I was once again amazed at how much God loves each and every one of us. He cares about our lives, our struggles, and most importantly He cares about us getting to know Him up close and personal.

Cheryl was a very new Christian when she joined a ladies Bible study group years ago. The study was on Romans, and it was way over her head. She said they were reading Romans such-and-such, and she didn’t know the first thing about Romans 1:1, let alone what they were all talking about. She had decided to quit the study. She wasn’t even going to call the table leader. She just wasn’t going to show up again.

Now, God, being God, wasn’t about to let Cheryl slip away that quickly or easily. He had Evelyn call her that very day, and ask her how she was doing with the study. Cheryl admitted that she wasn’t doing well with it, and she was going to quit. Gently, and patiently, Evelyn invited Cheryl to continue on with the group, and also took the time and effort to teach Cheryl privately about Romans, and many other things I’m sure. When I met up with Cheryl, she already knew me. Evelyn had not only been mentoring her, she had been sharing my blog messages with her. We ended up on a retreat together, and when we got introduced, we probably talked for four hours after our first Hello! I think by this time, Cheryl had probably not only finished Romans, she was well on her way to becoming the strong woman of Christ I know her to be today.

I was so encouraged by what Cheryl shared with me today. I love it when God’s mighty hand is revealed in the personal story of those we come into contact with. God wasn’t about to let Cheryl go. He had a plan, and He used Evelyn to secure that plan. He knew that many lives would be touched for the Kingdom when Cheryl got to know Jesus, not only as her personal Savior, but as the strength and Hope she could offer to all those she would meet. Cheryl now works in a school, coming into contact with many young people each day. I know they are blessed with who God has placed in their midst, because Cheryl is a person that can now, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit...” Matthew 28:19 (NIV) Evelyn even had the privilege of baptizing Cheryl. I’m sure Jesus is well pleased.

When Searching And Noticing the Divine, a cup of coffee together might be all it takes. Jesus meets us there with His stories, and blesses and encourages us in so many ways.