I was in my room (after a long day of lectures) as usual, enjoying the comic relief provided by my roommates.
Suddenly, I felt the urge to step out of my room.
Why should I leave the room in the middle of the funny and interesting moment I was having?
I did not hesitate any further, I jumped out of bed and stepped out. Few steps away from my hostel, there was a parking lot and I saw people gathered around a man.
The man had a microphone in his hand and was addressing this audience. I took some steps toward the scene in other to hear what he was saying but I couldn’t.
If I wanted to hear what the man was saying, I needed to move closer but did not want anybody among the congregation to notice my presence
I was in a “dilemma”.
As much as I wanted to hear what the man was saying I was not willing to move closer to him.
This thought came alive in me: in other for me to hear what God is saying, I have to move closer to Him (yes, I know that the man wasn’t God). I have to be careful enough to pay closer attention to what He is saying than what I have to say to Him whenever I am praying or studying the Bible.
Fellowship with God is achieved when I talk to God and He talks to me.
I decide to move forward and hear what this man was saying.
So, I grabbed one of the seats provided and viola!
The message that got me hooked
There I was, engrossed in what he was saying. He talked about God’s purpose for you.
He said something that got me thinking and asking God questions.
This was what he said “ there is a purpose for which you are on earth”.
He said other things which I can’t remember. When he finished his sermon, the people left and some went to meet with him to talk. I desired to have a conversation with him but I couldn’t because the people that were waiting to see him were much.
I couldn’t wait but deep within me, there was a click, something within me resonated with what the man said. It felt like this man had a wealth of knowledge I could draw from.
From the day I gave my life to Christ, I had this strong desire to fulfill God’s purpose for my life, but I didn’t know how to go about it.
Listening to this man gave me a clue on how to fulfill God’s purpose for my life. At least after the “lecture” I knew the first step to fulfilling God’s purpose was to ask Him (God) why He created me?
I wasn’t surprised when I discovered that the man was (still is) a pastor and that he had a church that was located some blocks away from my campus.
After his message, I went back to my room thinking about what the man said. “God has a purpose for creating you”.
If this is true, God why did you create me?
This experience gave birth to a consciousness in me. I became conscious of what God has to say to me than what I have to say to Him. My focus shifted from me talking to God (of course I still talk to God) to God talking to me.
The desire to listen to God while praying was birthed in me.
When I look back at this event (and others), I saw God leading me, ordering my steps in the right direction even though I didn’t know it (I was a young believer, a baby in Christ).
Light flooding my heart
It became clear to me that
1. God sees the desires of our hearts, He sees the sincerity of our hearts. This has really helped me in prayer.
Whenever I want to make a decision and I need God to help me make the right decision or I need an amount of money or I’m in a particular situation and I don’t know what to do or I need help in relating well with people, I just ask God.
I go to Him in prayer and say “Dear God, you said I should call to you that you will answer me, and you will show me great and mighty things that I do not know (Jeremiah 33:3)”
And I will go ahead and make my request known to Him, tell Him what I want, believing in my heart that He will answer me because He is God and He cannot lie.
2. The Bible says in Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths”.
Flashback to the day I gave my life to Christ in my room, the conversation that ensued between God and I, I knew that only Him can help me hence, the reason (I guess) He kept directing me and ordering my steps.
Have you had situation(s) where you know that only God could have led you into? Please share your experience in the comment session below. Thank you