I once heard a story that happened during the Brownsville Revival days in Pensacola, FL. There was a young girl who attended the service with her friend. During the slow praise and worship, she leaned over to her friend and said, “I know this is crazy, but I feel like the Lord told me to do cartwheels down the aisle right now!” Her friend replies, “well if the Lord told you to do it, you better do it!” So this girl, nervous to get out in the aisle at the thought of looking like a fool in front of the thousands present, walks out and starts to do cartwheels. A loud sound of whaling is heard from the balcony. Some of the men run up to see what’s the matter and find a man who is weeping and screaming out. When they asked him what is going on, this man replied, “I walked in here tonight an athiest, and I said, God, if You are real, have a girl do cartwheels down the aisle during the praise and worship.”
I love to share this story that portrays our Father who is intimately concerned about the details of bringing those He loves to Him. What a moment for that man that he will never forget. I also think of that girl and the boldness she displayed despite the fear in her heart. There will be times where we will hear the Lord speaking to us, whispering things that we could easily mistake for our own thinking. He is going to ask us to do things we have never experienced before, sometimes out of His desire to work in our own hearts, and some for the sake of others. Get ready for Our creative God to blow your mind, He’s ready and waiting to! We know that a good father and leader will help push us out of our comfort zones, for that’s where we learn and grow the most.
You see, there are men and women like this athiest that we will encounter on our journey through life. Some who even now are waiting for us to come along their paths. Many times in the Bible we read the words from the Lord saying, “Do not fear” (Joshua 1:9, Acts 27:24 are a few), 1 John 4:18 says, “perfect love casts out all fear.” May our love for the One, who in Him is our confidence, dispell all fear we may face. May we be ones that He finds quick to recognize His voice, and quick to obey! Let us brush off any fear of man…for there’s no room, and focus all our attention and find all our pleasure in satisfying the heart of the Man who is worthy of it all! I pray all of our endeavors to be obedient in Him, are birthed out of the assurance that we have tasted and seen that Our God is good, that we find joy in obeying such a wonderful Father and King!