My beloved friend Kathy is sitting in church one Sunday, when she is prompted by the Holy Spirit to talk to the woman sitting next to her. The woman was in her mid-thirties and a total stranger. In obedience to the Spirit, Kathy turned to the woman and said, “I don’t want to weird you out or anything, but the Lord told me I should get to know you.” The woman, looks at Kathy and, overwhelmed with surprise, starts to cry. Out of her great heart of compassion and ministry to others, Kathy invites the woman, whose name is Nikki, to coffee the following week.
Over coffee Kathy discovers that Nikki is divorced with three small children. She lost her job six months earlier and is struggling to put food on the table. He abusive ex-husband is doing everything possible to avoid paying child support and Nikki’s unemployment just ran out. Christmas for Nikki and her children looked to be very bleak this year.
The second time Kathy meets Nikki for coffee she tells her that her small group would like to buy Christmas presents for the children. Nikki instantly says, “No thank you, we will be fine.” Kathy’s wise response was to ask, “Is your pride going to keep your children from having a blessed Christmas?” Nikki is moved to change her mind and says yes.
On Christmas morning the children all had the new sneakers they so needed since the soles were falling off their old shoes. They each had new warm jackets and sweaters. Little Julia is looking on as her mom opens her present, and asks if mom was going to cry. Nikki responds that they will be tears of joy as she opens the card to find gift cards to the local grocery store. They will not be going hungry for Christmas dinner.
Nikki made sure that the children knew this wasn’t Santa Claus bringing gifts – this is the love of Jesus coming through the hands of His servants.
What blessings of joy and great adventure Kathy experienced as she listened and obeyed the voice of the Holy Spirit. Don’t miss the great adventure the Holy Spirit has for you as you are obedient to His voice.