O Lord, open my lips,
That my mouth may declare Your praise.
Today, I was worshiping the Lord as I listened to Keith Green singing, Oh Lord, You are Beautiful, and later to NIcole C. Mullins singing I Know My Redeemer Lives.
I learned the story of Keith Green on a Memorial concert posted on Youtube.
This man lived 29 years and served Jesus daily witnessing to lost and broken people. He reached thousands of young people.
I went online to Amazon to buy am mp3 download of Oh Lord, You are Beautiful, got it paid for, and went in search of my song. Couldn’t find it anywhere, so I called Amazon and this young man answered the phone. He had an accent so I tried hard to understand him. He tried hard to understand my wishes and to make it so I could play the song from my desktop.
Meanwhile, I found my Amazon music page and bookmarked it. I told him it would work for me that way, and thanked him and thought he would hang up, (but God) … but he asked me if Oh Lord, You are Beautiful was a gospel song and I said yes, it is a wonderful worship song. He told me liked the song 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord, oh my soul." ) I asked him if he was a Christian and he said, “Oh Miss Linda, I was, and somehow I have lost my way and now I don’t think so.”
I asked him what his name was and he said Anthony. I took a moment so the Holy Spirit could speak through me and I told Anthony if he had truly received Christ into his heart, nothing or no one could separate him from the love of God. the floodgates opened and words poured out of me, ministering to him on Amazon’s phone line. I shared with him that once he was a true believer, his name was written on the palms of His hands and that there was no one or no thing that can ever separate him from the love of Christ Jesus.
I could hear what sounded like soft crying and I was doing a bit of that myself. Anthony told me, “Miss Linda, you do not know how much I needed to hear those words today.” He had been struggling, thinking he had lost his salvation and certain God did not want him anymore. He told me I was an angel sent by God to speak these words to him. I told Anthony I am just a child of God who has often gone off the path God set for me until He brought me back again.
I asked if he had a Bible and he said yes. I suggested he read John and then Romans and I asked if he was working remotely from home or was he at work and he said he was at work. I asked if I could pray for him and he said yes.
I prayed over the phone for Anthony and the Holy Spirit gave me the words to pray. I was shedding tears; Anthony was shedding tears. He told me how much this meant to him and I gently told him to read his Bible and to share Jesus with others. We both tearfully said good-bye.
My husband came in and asked why I had tears. I shared a bit of the phone call and he understood.
All we have to do is be a willing vessel the Holy Spirit can work through. I felt like He was right beside me.
I had called to get help with an mp3 download, BUT GOD, had another purpose in mind and Anthony was the exact person He wanted me to speak with.
I am so thankful. I was blessed beyond words and spent the whole afternoon praising and worshiping the Lord listening to gospel songs and singing my head off, hands upraised, singing off key; but making a joyful noise unto the Lord.
We never know how our words and attitude can impact someone who is searching or wanting to return to Him.