So here’s the news I promised you yesterday… (Drum roll please…) Fiber optic Internet has been installed at my house!
…with a speed at least fifteen times faster than what we endured for over two decades!!
My friend, this changes everything. Everything! EVERYTHING! I tend to be pretty even keel in my personality and emotional expression. But I have been through the roof excited about this. Pages load just like that! I can do my blog soooooooooo much more easily! I can stream videos instead of having to download them ahead of time for six hours! Wheeeeee!
There is a spiritual lesson in this. Holy Spirit pointed this out to me the other day. Remember the “Never, never, never give up” story from yesterday? That ties right into another, weightier story about sudden breakthrough after a long, long wait.
Over fifteen years ago, I went to a certain beauty salon here in Iquitos for the first time. I had heard good things about it, and wanted to check it out. A young man named Jerry greeted me upon my arrival, asking me what service I was needing. A few hours later, I went home with a brand new look, and a brand new friend.
When Jerry moved to a different salon job in town, I inquired where he went. I followed him there and sought out his talents again. Some time later, he opened his own store. I found out where that was and sought him out once again.
Years went by, and I kept on going to Jerry. Each time, I shared a little bit more with him about Jesus. In turn, he shared a little bit more with me about himself. I could tell that I had earned his trust. He was sharing from deeper places, hurts that he had been through, struggles he was currently facing. Yet, he was enjoying his worldly lifestyle. My faith inspired mild curiosity for him, but nothing more… yet.
A few years ago, the time came when he was willing to come to church with me. The first night he came, I was nervous! What was he going to think? It turns out, my worries were unfounded. Jerry wept openly in the presence of God as the service progressed. “Wow, I feel so good!” he exclaimed, when it was over. “There is so much peace in your church!”
I thought maybe Jerry’s moment had come. Yet, patience was required of me still. The pandemic hit. We were not able to gather as a church for much of 2020. Even once we could come together in person again, he was too nervous to join us. So, I just kept on visiting his salon, kept on sharing Jesus with him.
You know what? Last week, I went in for my hair appointment. When he was done working on my hair, he asked me if I would pray for him. In fifteen plus years, this had never happened before!
As I began to pray, the tangible presence of God showed up in that hair salon. Jerry and I both had tears in our eyes. One thing led to another as I followed Holy Spirit’s lead… and then this lost sheep was repeating the sinner’s prayer with me. He invited Jesus into his heart as Lord and Savior!
My friend, some things are well worth investing years and years of your life for. Is there someone you are praying for today?
Never, never, never give up!
Have you long been praying for someone in your life to come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior? What has that journey been like for you?