“Do not be afraid – I will save you. I have called you by name – you are mine.”
A group of us stopped for lunch after Church one Sunday afternoon. As we were enjoying fellowship, I noticed our server was quietly clearing away the dirty dishes at our table.
We said Hello and introduced ourselves. She was petite with a radiant smile and soulful brown eyes that seemed to harbor a lifetime of pain. She shared a little bit about herself, her journey and struggles as a single Mom.
I felt a nudge in my spirit that we needed to pray for this woman.
Before I said a word, my Pastor asked if it would be okay if we prayed for her?
She said yes, so we gathered around her as our Pastor led us in a mighty prayer of Blessing for this person God had put in our path that day.
For some reason I asked if I could have her address and phone number and without hesitation she wrote it down for me.
Monday morning I wrote my usual Welcome note cards out to the visitors we had in church on Sunday morning.
I decided I would write her a note as well. Looking back that didn’t make any sense for me to send a “Welcome to our Church card” to someone who had never been to our church!
Nevertheless, I wrote her a note of encouragement and dropped it in the mailbox outside the Post Office.
I didn’t gave it a second thought until Wednesday night in the middle of Praise and Worship the door swung open and in walked that woman and her young daughter!
I wrapped my arms around her, gave her a big hug and welcomed them into the House of the Lord.
When Pastor Beau gave the invitation they both raised their hands and with tears streaming down their cheeks they made decisions to give their lives to Jesus Christ.
We circled around, prayed, hugged and shared God’s love with them.
After the service was over I sat down next to the Mom as she wept and told me her story.
Between sobs and tears she explained how her life had gotten off track, although she worked hard she had made some bad choices and wasn’t able to make enough money to take care of her daughter like she thought she should.
The Landlord had threatened to evict them, her car broke down, she lost her job that morning and was months behind in bills. She saw no way out of her mess and made up her mind that her daughter would be better off without her.
She left the house that day with the plan to run into the middle of the busy highway traffic and end her life.
BUT ON HER WAY TO DIE, she saw the door to the mailbox hanging open with a note sticking out and “something” made her stop to read the note.
She ripped open the envelope to read these words:
“You are not alone. God has not forgotten you. He has a plan for your life. It’s not over, He will save you and help you through the darkness. You have a family at The Hill Church. We love you. Come join us Wednesday night at 7pm.”
It was Wednesday when she found, “The God Note.”
She said she knew it was from God, she fell to her knees, cried out and thanked Him for saving her. She went back into the house got cleaned up, grabbed her daughter and walked to The Well 4:14 Coffee shop where we hold The Hill Bolivar Church services.
God planned before the beginning of time that He would deliver a timely note in a mailbox to save a woman’s life in order to get them to a Church service at a Coffee shop where they would come to give their hearts to Jesus!
We cannot begin to fathom the exact timing and infinite mercy of a loving God who orchestrates every tiny divine detail in order to save and rescue His lost children.
Everything down to the open mailbox door and the personal words that were written two days before she would ever read them.
That is the God I serve! He is mighty to save! His promises are Yes and Amen.
When you have no way out, He is THE WAY!
You may be struggling today and feel the same way as the woman in this testimony.
If you think you are alone or forgotten, I encourage you to read these words from God and cling to His promises. You are not alone. God is with you. He loves you. He will save you!
Here is today’s “God Note” for you!
“Do not be afraid- I will save you. I have called you by name- you are mine. When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you; your troubles will not overwhelm you. When you pass through fire, you will not be burned; the hard trials that come will not hurt you. For I am the Lord your God, the holy God of Israel, who saves you.” Isaiah 43:1-3
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord and share the Good News!
~ Donna Selma Lind ~