Years ago, as the Lord began to bring cleansing into my heart and to change me from the inside out, I began to ask Him to show me my purpose. As He had plans and a purpose for His children throughout scripture, surely He knit me together in my mother’s womb just as He did Jeremiah and David.
Jeremiah 1:5 says “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” Psalm 139:13 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
I prayed, “Lord, if you have a purpose for my life, please direct my path.” God did so with a four year old boy named Johnston. Johnston lived two doors down and was a ball of energy; he also needed a playmate which is where I came into the picture. At the time, my sons were 6 and 8 and were looking for a ringleader. Johnston and they were a perfect match. He could lead as many rings as you could throw at him.
Many evenings, Johnston would show up on the front porch before dinner time and ask to play. I felt the promptings of the Holy Spirit to invite Johnston to stay and have dinner with us. He would run home and get permission and then come back and help set the table, eat, and help clear the dishes. He was energetic and hungry and he had a whole lot of words. He talked about school, his sister, his dogs, his desire to be President one day. He talked about many things in his sweet four-year-old voice.
A few days after meeting Johnston, I sensed the prompting of the Holy Spirit to walk down and meet his mom. It happened that I met her on the front sidewalk as she was returning home from an errand. She was a lovely woman with a beautiful smile, but she was also guarded. I later learned that she had lost the functioning of both kidneys and was on the national waiting list for a kidney transplant. She worked full time as an elementary school teacher and went into the city to have dialysis three times a week. My heart was greatly burdened for her and for Johnston.
As we visited over the next few weeks, I began to get a glimpse into the life and illness of someone on dialysis – to this day, I do not know if I was more concerned about her or about Johnston. I could not imagine this little boy having to go through life with his mom being so sick; and I would not entertain the thought of him going through life without a mom. As I thought about this little boy, I sensed a prompting in my spirit. No words were spoken into my spirit; no scripture came to mind. I just knew that the Lord had ordained me from the time I was knit together in my mother’s womb to carry a kidney for this woman and that my purpose for this moment in time was to make sure that Johnston’s mom received the gift of a kidney that God had given me to carry for 40 years.
Sometimes His promptings come when He desires that we send a letter or make a phone call. Other times, His promptings come when we are to go somewhere, speak to someone, or do something. I had no doubt in my mind that this was from the Lord and that I was to move forward in obedience – knowing that what God had started, He would complete.
And He did. Within a year of meeting Johnston and his mom, God orchestrated a way for me to gift a kidney to this family. The screening tests were done and the results came back “so closely matched that it’s as if the two of us were sisters.”
God worked a miracle. He prompted me to offer the gift of a kidney to a neighbor and He began showing me that He has a purpose and a plan – not only for my life, but for the lives of everyone He has created. When you sense the prompting of the Holy Spirit, lean in. If it is indeed Him prompting you, then stepping out in obedience will bring great blessings and open doors for not only you but others. God’s promptings are always geared toward grace, love and forgiveness – others will always be blessed when you respond in obedience.
Obedience opens our spirit to begin to recognize and discern God’s voice. The more we obey the promptings, the louder and clearer His promptings become in our spirit – the more we begin to recognize that this is HIS voice and not our own. Lean into those promptings.
Questions for Reflection:
1. Have you ever sensed God prompting you to reach out to someone? If so, explain. What was the result of your obedience – to you or to the one you reached out to?
2. How has God used other people in your life to draw your attention to Him?
3. Is there a scripture that has been instrumental in leading you closer to understanding how much God loves you?
Thank you that you speak to me through your word and through your Spirit. Open my heart, ears and spirit to be more aware of your presence and your promptings. Give me a heart of obedience to follow after you. Increase my faith Lord. Amen.