April 13, 2011 · 9:56 AM
Do you know this verse? “For by Grace, we are saved through faith, not of ourselves, it is the gift of God” -definition of Grace…it’s a gift, we could never pay it, ever! what a wonderful gift!
A few weeks ago, the temps went to 70 degrees, and it was awesome after a very cold winter. My friend had a tradgey in her family, so my plans were canceled. Deciding quickly to get out in this gorgeous day! Took my son with me (after bribing him with a Slushie). We headed to the river for a quiet and relaxing afternoon. The weather turned very windy, so we decided to go to a location we never go to along the river, that would be out of the wind.
We had the whole place to ourself! Sunshine! Melted river! What a blessing! Soon after we arrived, an old man riding a bike equally as old, came through…and decided to sit right next to us. Finding this rather odd…I paid attention.
He started to witness to me. And we talked some deep things that I studied a few years ago, and I was surprised it was still in the memory bank. Then we got to the Grace factor. Ahhhh, this gentleman was Jehovah witness. My grandpa was also a Jehovah witness, so I am familiar. Our talk changed…He tried very hard to convince me that works are how we get to heaven, and nothing special about it, we will just be glad we made it. (insert huge eyes here )
No doubt, God orchestrated that afternoon. We had a divine appointment. The gentleman left and very sweetly thanked me for the conversation, asked if I would visit his church sometime. I told him no, I love the church I am at, and maybe he should visit me. He spent his whole life seeking for truth. And I prayed as he left…”please let him find the Truth”. Grace, a foreign word to a man who knew his scriptures so well, some what out of context, but knew scripture none the less. He could not fathom, Grace.
Romans 4:4-8 (NLT)
When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners. David also spoke when he described the happiness of those who are declared righteous without working for it:
“oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of sin.”
All of this, and I was still standing at my wall, and this was the beginning of breakthrough, I realized, I do believe, and I still care about a world that is misled. This appointment was not only for him, it was also for me.
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6 responses to “Divine Appointment with Grace”
“Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of sin.”
So glad you had that encounter. He orchestrates our times…
I love you, Princess.
amen girl! what joy!!! I love you, been enjoying catching up on your blog..very good things to ponder there!
Wow, what a great story. One thing I have always struggled with is the fact that some sow the seeds, while another waters, and yet another harvests. I want to do it all, but that is not God’s design, we all are involved. You layed new seeds into ground that “should” be fertile. If he seeks the truth “truly” then you gave him something to think about. We are nothing apart from Grace. and Heaven in not a so-so place where we just kinda hope we make it to, it is the glorius home of God the father. I hope your witness fell on open ears. God Bless
thanks Jim. This is my prayer for this gentleman. He said at least three times he searched for truth his whole life. He thought he was holding out truth to me. Hoping that the Truth took hold of him…Jesus said “it is finished”…Grace is free!
Charlotte, you are beautiful!
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