A Complete Stranger’s Words

The other day there was something heavy on our hearts.  We didn’t sleep much. 

The night passed slowly as I lay awake most of it earnestly praying, every few minutes slipping on the light of my cell to read a few verses in my Bible, pondering the situation and going back to praying some more…
We had some errands to run first thing and had an hour sandwiched in to the early hours that we didn’t have to be anywhere.   We went to sit and get a cup of coffee and talk for a bit.  Tucking ourselves into the corner in the very back we ordered our coffee.  
Liberty, Emma and I were all scrunched together talking softly, very engrossed in our conversation, when out of the blue a man suddenly stood in front of us.   I’d not even noticed him approaching.
Several thoughts went through my mind, after all it’s not every day someone makes a point of coming to say something, especially when we were in an out-of-the-way place sipping our coffee and sitting in a foreign country where we know few compared to the millions who live here. 
He gently opened his mouth and spoke some of the kindest words I have probably ever heard.  He then said, “Are you Christians?”  We nodded.  He proceeded to give a very powerful prophetic word.
My eyes welled with tears.  A total stranger, in a developing country, in the back of a unfamiliar coffee shop speaking God’s truths to our souls.  He would have no idea that I needed that very word from the Lord. 

As it turns out he had been sitting nearby watching us converse.  He felt he needed to come say something.   
When he finished, my soul was encouraged by the unbelievably timely, appropriate and powerful word he had spoken.  
When Dw woke up that morning I could not wait to tell him what the man had said.  He responded, “If you tried to find him again, you probably would be unable, he may have even been an angel.”  True enough.  He may have been an angel.
Whether angel or not we may likely never know, but let’s just say he was definitely speaking the truths of God’s word and they ministered to our souls like nothing could have.   His words brought peace and refreshment, like water to a thirsty soul.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2     He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.  
Psalm 23:1,2
God is always faithful.
He keeps His promises.
If need be, He will use a complete stranger in a foreign country to 
step forward and speak truth into your life.
Oh how He loves you and I.
May you find encouragement today for your troubled hearts.  
He is always faithful.  
Surely God is my salvation;
    I will trust and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense;
    he has become my salvation.”
3 With joy you will draw water
    from the wells of salvation.
Isaiah 12: 2,3

10 thoughts on “A Complete Stranger’s Words

  1. You were touched by an angel. How wonderful!

    I do have some questions about traveling to Uganda. Sorry, but I don't know anyone else to ask. I figured you are well-versed related to travel to Uganda. My son is going to Uganda in May to help at an orphanage. It is part of his schooling at Drake University. I believe he will be helping teach about hygiene. He was told he should bring several hundred dollars in case he would get sick and have to pay medical bills. What would your recommendations be? He does not want to take so much money for fear of losing it. Thanks Linny.

    1. Wendy,
      I'm not sure I have many answers, but I would suggest Travel insurance in the event of sickness in Uganda. It's widely available {insurance that is} and covers anything needed {usually}. We use a ministry here in Phoenix for it. I can get you the name if needed. Truthfully though, I'm surprised the program he is going with doesn't cover that or get it for them. I would question further.

      As far as spending money, I don't know how long he is going for, but a few hundred dollars are all I would recommend. I would also ask if the place he is staying has a safe to put passports/money in while your son is away for the day.

      I use my debit card there with no problem as well, as long as you notify them that he will be traveling. Debit machines are fairly easy to find as well. Garden City has one…and your son will know where Garden City is within a day or two of being there. =)


  2. There have been several times in my life when an Angel intervened in something – or just plain spoke to me in the form of a "real person" – there is no doubt in my mind that you were "missing" His Word – so He simply provided a messenger so that you'd hear Him….and I love it when He does that for us!

    hugs – aus and co.

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