I’m not one to hear from God a lot. I know people who seem to have a DSL line directly to God, that operates at mega speed. But since I read the book “Missional Renaissance,” by Reggie McNeal I have been being much more aware of times to bless other people. Today I was with my wife, Cynthia, at Whataburger having breakfast. While we were eating our breakfast, a young man came to a table near us and I could see he was filling out a job application. That is not unusual in a fast food restaurant, but this person seemed different to me. He was not a teenager, there because mom told him to get out of the house and get a job this summer. No, he was a well groomed young man that looked a little out of place at Whataburger. Cynthia and I finished our breakfast and cleaned our table. As I stood up I heard from God, “go pray for that guy.” As I said I don’t hear from God regularly and when I do, I’m pretty good at ignoring God. So I headed for the truck, halfway through the parking lot, God stopped me and said again, “I said, go pray for that man. I told Cynthia I’d be right back and I went back inside the restaurent. I approached the young man and I said, “I know you’re going to think I’m crazy, but God just told me to come back in here and pray for you. Would that be alright?” He bowed his head and I heard the soft kind of sniffling we men do when we are crying but trying not to. With tears in my eyes I prayed for him and gave him my business card before I left. (I never have business cards with me.) As I left I thought to myself, that wasn’t a very articulate prayer you offered for him. He probably thinks you’re crazy.
My day went on in my new appointment at First United Methodist Church of San Angelo. There is much to do and many new details to learn. Most of my day was uneventful until late in the day I received a call on my cell phone from a number I didn’t recognize. It was the young man from Whataburger, he asked if I remembered him. Little did he know I would probably never forget him. He told me that after I left he met the manager of the Whataburger who told him he had a full staff now but would hire him in July. He went on to detail his day; he said he went directrly from there to the Texas Workforce office and within 10 minutes was referred to a job he began today workng for a company distributing motorized wheelchairs. When we called his wife to tell her the good news she said Sonic had called to offer him a job immediately. Mr. Deaton, he said, after your prayer I not only got a job, I got two and a promise of a third. Thank you for following the leading of the Spirit, he said. I have not had any luck getting a job at all until you came and prayed.
O.K. God I get it. You want us to offer blessings to people in your name and you want us to be ready to do so at any time and anywhere. Thanks for blessing me today God, I’m learning have patience with me.