I am not sure where to start this - to me this will be my most exciting blog yet! I have saved this one for awhile. Now for a little background. While in Florida Mama and I worked as volunteers for a shelter (most are aware of those details) we picked up residents on Friday mornings and for almost 4 hours we would take them job hunting. One Friday we picked up two new men, James and Bob, James was about 25 and Bob 19. James had a real attitude issue about life and was angry, cocky and quite blatant about his use of drugs. Bob was scared, nervous but polite. I prayed out loud(mama was not there this Friday - she was on a mission trip, she usually prayed) as we headed down the road. James was talking about church, he had never been to church before and was not excited about being required to attend each Sunday.
Sunday came and James and Bob, and another Bob were there at church - sitting on the very front pew! Sunday evening they were there and again on the front pew. I went down said Hi and they invited mama and I to sit with them - I also shared this earlier. So there we sat! Right up front! I sat between James and Bob, mama between bob & Bob! Now for the rest of story!!
Sunday the 20th of April was our last Sunday. Monday the 21st we were heading back to Michigan. Sunday morning mama and I sat in the middle of the church the three guys went right up to the front pew, I could barely see them about 15 pews in front of us. At prayer time the pastor always invites anyone that wants to pray to feel open to coming to the altar up front if you have any prayer concerns. As we started to pray, I noticed I could not see the 19 year old Bob. I stepped out of my pew and went forward, there was Bob kneeling at the altar - several were already praying with him and I crowded in and put my hand on his shoulder, knelt and prayed with him. We both hugged and sobbed after prayer time. God is so good. I smiled at James as I walked past him to go sit with mama. He gave a half hearted smile.
Sunday night came. Mama and I went to the front row and sat with the "boys" as was our usual routine for Sunday evening. The pastor preached a great message about giving our all to Christ.
At the end of the service as we stood by the front pew, everyone was leaving. We started hugging the guys farewell for most likely the last time. Tears were flowing - we gave them each a self-addressed envelope, already stamped, telling them to write us. Suddenly James, who is about 250 pounds, 6' 4" - looks at me and with a very somber look says; "I need to pray - I want to give my life to Jesus." Mama and I knelt with James and I led in prayer. We all sobbed openly at God's faithfulness and tenderness. Others who were leaving saw us praying and also came and prayed with us all.
Pray for James and Bob. God has answered prayers, James found a job the last Friday we were there and Bob has place to go stay now. Bob is looking at going into the military. The other Bob found a job as a diesel mechanic! James also needs serious prayer - he has some legal charges to over come in the next couple of weeks. He is also taking classes for anger management. He has really done well!
I have a serious question for you. How big is your God ??? Mine is even bigger than the story above!!