I have the craziest story.
So like I said earlier it was a bad week, and last night I had this dumb little dilemma. You know when you are about to spend time with God and something else…anything else… can distract you? I just bought season 3 of lost (AMAZING show ps) and I really wanted to watch an episode before dinner last night. Buuut I knew I needed to spend time in prayer instead. After like 10 minutes of debating this, I turn off my computer and start praying, and i was just praying about a situation I am dealing with and asking for help and guidance. Well not even 5 minutes into it, God spoke to me. Super clearly. He said, ¨Andrea, tomorrow morning I want you to get on a public bus and preach the gospel¨. I was like, no way God. No one does that. How in the world do you expect me to get up in front of random Ecuadorians and give the gospel message randomly in a language I don`t speak that well? But God was so firm about it. He told me it would be okay but I just had to do it. I just sat there and was like… you have got to be kidding me. You know when you try to wrestle with God and get Him to change His mind? yeah. I mean I`m an outgoing person and all, but I have my limits. I was scared out of my mind but I began to pray about it and ask God what exactly I should say. I had to write it out because the spanish was so tough. Translating scriptures especially. I went upstairs and talked to kara, who said she would come with me for support and prayed for me for boldness.
This morning I woke up and felt almost sick. I know it`s kind of dumb because when I think about it, it`s not like I would ever see those people again. The worst that could happen would be that they would ignore me. So Kara and I boarded a half-hour bus ride to cumbaya and I just did it. The bus was full. I got up in the front of the bus, and I am telling you God just supernaturally did His thing. I didn`t have to use my paper to talk. I just started preaching it, man. some people were laughing at me in the front. I probably talked for 10 to 15 minutes and then asked if anybody wanted to receive Jesus or needed prayer for anything. Nobody raised their hand. Except for this one lady in the back of the bus. I went back and asked her what she wanted to pray about. She said, ¨I have a word for you from the Lord. He told me to tell you that he is proud of you and you are blessed. He is going to use you to do very deep things because of your obedience today. He told me to give you this ring as a sign of this promise to you.¨ Then she took a gold ring off of her finger and placed it on mine. I was crying and stuff. It was just crazy. When Kara and I got off the bus, we were walking around Cumbaya for a bit. Maybe ten minutes later this young boy, maybe 12 years old that was on the bus came up to me and handed me a note. It said, ¨I decree health and help for wherever you go¨ in spanish. Then he just walked away. It was all so weird.
Kara and I talked about it afterwards. You know, nobody raised their hand to receive salvation. But I can only hope that there was a reason God went to all that trouble to make me get on that bus and say that. There must have been at least one person that needed that seed to be planted. I don`t tell you this story to say I`m so spiritual or something, on the contrary I`m a mess. I never could have done that on my own. But you know, God still is willing to use me even though I`m so unfaithful to Him sometimes. It just is so crazy. Maybe God has told you to do something psycho like that and you are fighting it. Maybe that story can be an encouragement to you that God blesses us through tough obedience. And if we`re faithful with the little things…