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God is just INSANE (in a good way) November 10, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andrea @ 6:28 pm

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…

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10 Responses to “God is just INSANE (in a good way)”

  1. Aimee Says:

    wow Andrea! I am sitting here in tears, proud of you, encouraged by you and amazed at our amazing God. I just got done reading a book called “the Listener”. You should read it….talks about your bus ride. Thanks for the encouragment to be bold. I look forward to your visit to Springfield…love you so much.

  2. Aimee Says:

    wow Andrea! I am sitting here in tears, proud of you, encouraged by you and amazed at our amazing God. I just got done reading a book called “the Listener”. You should read it….talks about your bus ride. Thanks for the encouragment to be bold. I look forward to your visit to Springfield…love you so much.

  3. Annamaria Says:

    Andrea,

    This is an awesome testimony Sister! I was praying for you all night–now I know why! I’m so proud of you for being in a real relationship with your God! He’s teaching you how to be His disciple!

    Everything comes from being His spouse…listening, loving, doing, and growing deeper and deeper into His heart. Discipleship is a covenant marriage–and the benefits and fruits are awesome…heavenly even–right here and now!

    Signs and wonders *will* follow your faithful obedience! His last words to us promise that! (Mark 16:15-20)

  4. i could tell you over and over how proud jamie and i am, but you should know something deeper. You have made Jesus proud!!! We love you, and know you are changing the world.

  5. Bethany Says:

    Hey Andrea, i miss you a whole lot. i hope that all is going well..there are so many stories i have to tell you..

    love you
    bethany l

  6. Aimee Says:

    I read this blog entry to my students today in sunday school. we were talking about being bold and witnessing…thanks for the great story…love you!

  7. Denise Says:

    I’m in tears too…So thankful for your obedience. So thankful that the lady on the bus was obedient. God is so faithful to a willing heart. Even when the world and even other Christians think we’re weird, always choose obedience. Praying for you…

  8. ellie chase Says:

    God writes the best stories.

  9. Ellen Gerber Says:

    Dear Andrea,
    That is so awesome, God is amazing! So few understand when God talks, we should listen and obey. Kudo’s!!

  10. Sally Thomas Says:

    Andrea Dear,
    That ring and that note will be your standing stones from this God experience! They will be forever reminders of when God used you and made the impossible, very, very possible!
    Love to you, Sally Thomas


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