Something wild happened to me recently.
This is completely a true story.
So I’m in holding my newborn son in the hospital. When I suddenly get a phone call.
I look at the caller ID and I'm shocked.
I show it to my wife. She looks at me with that look "You have to pick this up."
You have to understand why we have this reaction.
The person that is calling is a friend of mine.
We've been friends for 20 years.
He was a groomsman at my wedding.
He was so instrumental in my early years in my relationship with God.
10 years ago he started walking away from God.
He started experiencing deep depression and anger.
He stopped talking to me completely 6 years ago.
Doesn't want to see me, doesn't answer my text or calls.
Last I heard he got into drugs and alcohol was hanging with my old junior high friends that didn't lead a very productive life.
I pick up the phone.
Hey what's up man?
What are you up to?
I'm... just in the hospital now. Holding my newborn son. What are you up to?
I'm... I just got out of the hospital too.
It turns out that he had gotten so bad with alcohol that he spent the last week drinking himself silly. He didn't eat anything. He drank to the point where he couldn't walk.
He told me he hit rock bottom.
And in this rock bottom there was only 2 people in the world he wanted to call. It was his friend in Kansas City and me.
And he chose to call me (isn’t that wild??)
He told me how he was depressed. How he missed his family. He missed God. He missed the old times.
He was wilding out that I had kids, let alone four kids. And he happened to call on the day my son was born.
Suddenly, Holy courage stirred up within me and I said what I knew what God was thinking.
I told him, "Brother, it's not an accident you're calling me the day my son was born.
"I know it's a message from God to you that just as there is new life in my arms, so there is new life coming your way brother."
He said, "I don't know why I'm asking this, but I want you to pray for me."
I said Of course.
And the next 5 minutes I start calling on the heavens for my brother. And as I'm praying in that hospital room, I can hear my brother weeping.
He is absolutely weeping.
I pray protection over him. I prayed identity over him. I prayed destiny over him.
He told me that from that moment he was going to check into rehab. I told him I would support him
That story rocked my life.
Let me share you the lesson from that story:
Your life is important. And the seeds you plant are not forgotten.
That friend only called me because for 20 years I never stopped praying for him, thinking about him, trying to be good in his life.
Every seed you plant in the lives others–you never know what God will do.
God has a powerful and redemptive way of reaping that seed in time and ways that you never imagine.
You may be going to a dead end job. Or a boring class Or to see your lame family.
Let me tell you - you have purpose and influence. Plant seeds of GOd. You'll never know the seeds you planted in others in a way that rocks them.
Were you encouraged by this story? I know it was powerful right??
You were made for greatness,
Very powerful. Amen!
OMG! What an incredible work of God! And thank you for praying nonstop for those who need it most!