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A Rest Area Conversation

Posted by on Aug 24, 2010 in discipleship | 1 comment

A Rest Area Conversation

A friend of ours moved to Europe a couple of years ago. She keeps us updated on her life through email. She came to visit a couple of months ago, but we were not able to spend time with her.

In Europe, she’s building relationships with people and sharing the gospel with them. In a recent email, she shared this story with us about a friend of her’s (J.) who is not yet a follower of Jesus. She gave me permission to share part of her email:

The next day, we were driving back to M. late at night. J. and I were sleeping while G. was driving. I felt like I needed to pray for J. for some reason. We stopped at a rest area and J. and I got out to go to the bathroom. She said to me, “You know, while we were in the car, I was saying my prayers. I don’t know why, but any time I am anxious and I say my prayers and talk to God about it, it really helps and I have so much peace.” I affirmed what she said and talked about how that’s what I do as well and how God made us to find joy and peace in Him. She then said, “I have heard everything over and over again….and I don’t know why I cannot surrender. But He (God) is not making it very easy for me. I cannot get it out of my mind. It’s like I cannot even enjoy life without him.” I saw tears in her eyes and for the first time I saw the “break down” inside of her in which I could tell the Holy Spirit was revealing the truth not as a concept but as a reality….and one that she needs! We both had tears in our eyes as I excitedly spoke to her of God’s love for her and his patience and how he wants her to know him and how nothing else will ever satisfy her. (emphasis in original email)

What a great story! I’m so glad that my friend iS faithful to share the good news of Jesus Christ and to share her life with the people that she’s meeting. I pray that all of us would be just as faithful!

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  1. 8-25-2010

    This account contrasts nicely with the scenario described in “He Went to Church,” and Eric’s comment.