A Little Bit of Life, God in Action

God, Show Me What You See…

IMG_5684
 
I want to share a story with you guys that I shared last week in my life group.  Following is how I wrote it in my journal…
 
May 13, 2015
“We don’t get a vision from God without being in the presence of God. Don’t just brainstorm; praystorm.”
“Seek God-ideas. One God-idea is worth more than a thousand good ideas.”
both excerpts from Draw the Circle: 40 Day Prayer Challenge by Mark Batterson
 
I have just figured out why some of the best ideas come to me when I am driving in my car: I pray on my way to work. I talk to God on my way home.  It is my solitude and single focus (well, except for the road).  I worship in my car. I pray in the car. I ask Jesus questions in the car.  Lord, thank you for meeting with me every day in my car.  Thank you for giving me answers to my questions.  Thank you for giving me BIG God-ideas!  Thank you for trusting me with your plans. I pray I never forget to spend that daily worship and quiet time with you. Amen.
 
May 18, 2015
“Take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
“What starts as a God-idea should turn into an act of obedience as you bring it to be.”
both excerpts from Draw the Circle: 40 Day Prayer Challenge by Mark Batterson
 
After DC Cafe Saturday, Bailey and I headed to Memphis to visit my parents. As Bailey was sleeping, I was alone with my thoughts, a Bethel podcast on Postures of Worship and some good worship music.  Well, on my drive the road was full of freight trucks, which is typical for I40 in Arkansas. A sign on the back of one truck caught my eye. It read “Child Abuse Hotline” and gave a number to call.  Right then God gave me an idea.  What if part of our outreach/education ministry was to put “Stop The Sale if People” signs on the back of trucks?  We could list the Polaris Project hotline number.  We could partner with Arkansas based trucking corporations first.  Provide information on human trafficking and education materials on prostitution to the company employees.  The information could be provided to gas station employees along I40 and hotel workers.
 
In the car my mind was racing with ideas!  I began making note of truck company names on my phone and gas station companies who tailor to the truck community.  I drove past Forrest City and immediately thought about the adult entertainment businesses on either side of the highway.  I have often wondered what all they have in there since it is in the middle of nowhere.  Do they have dancers or prostitutes in addition to porn?  An overwhelming feeling of “yes” came over me.  I prayed over the businesses as I drove by.  Those are in the middle of fields!  Nothing else is really around those exits.  Who works there
 
We enjoyed our weekend in Memphis with Mom and Dad.  I spent Saturday night researching human trafficking and reading statistics and testimonies.
 
Sunday, as we headed out of Memphis, I was going to pull off right over the bridge in West Memphis at the same gas station that I have stopped at for years.  Well, due to constructions and confusing traffic cones, I got off at the wrong exit.  Only, I really don’t think it was.  As I turned down a side street to get to the station I had intended, I drove by a large truck stop.  As I looked over at  the dozens and dozens of trucks parked there, my heart became very heavy.  I literally felt like someone, the Holy Spirit, was pressing down on my chest.  I began to tear up as I realized what He was telling me.  He was saying, “It is happening there.  There are girls there right now who don’t want to be there.”
 
Through pumping gas, getting drinks and snacks and getting back on the road, my chest was so heavy.  I fought back tears.  I didn’t want to have to explain to Bailey why I was upset.
 
My whole way home I prayed.  I kept repeating, “I hear you, Jesus.  How do I help?  What do I do?  Where do I start?  Are we supposed to focus on truck stops?  What do I do?  How do I help?  Lead me…”
 
…………………
 
Guys, this was an answer to a prayer!  For the last few months I have been asking God to help me see what he sees.  Show me what he wants me to see.  Let me see through His eyes.  And, He answered me!  He guided me down a road I don’t usually take to show me exactly what He wanted me to see.  As I continued to think about what I had experienced, I kept asking God how I could help. What am I supposed to do?  Are we supposed to go pray over the truck stops?  Am I going to be traveling the state talking to truckers and spreading the word that people aren’t for sale?  Am I going to be staking out truck stops hoping to talk to and pray with the women knocking on cab doors?  I have a pretty strong feeling that this will become part of my role in DC Women; part of our education outreach.
 
My hope is that God is speaking to you in the same way.  Have you asked Him to show you your purpose, your cause, your passion?
 
I love to hear how God is moving in the lives of others. Hop on over to Facebook and tell us how He is moving you to action.