If God told you to sell everything you have, would you? Would you walk away from the woman/man of your dreams with no promise of being reunited? Would you trust that God would spare your life from a suicide attempt? Would you move to a different city without a plan? Would you listen to God no matter what the cost?
These are the questions that I had to answer at one point in my life. And in each step I had to walk in obedience and trust that God had a plan for my life.
And this weekend, I will be returning to the place where I first got a glimpse of God’s plan in my life. It was at First Baptist Atlanta where Dr. Charles Stanley preaches. On February 1st, 2015 I went to FBA to hear him preach. There I was sitting in the church that seats around 4,000 and I got the sense that Dr. Charles Stanley was looking directly at me.
Convicted that he was, I took out a piece of paper and thanked In Touch Ministries for being a great resource before and after my suicide attempt. After service, it was Charles Stanley who came up to me and asked where I was from. I handed him the note and we chatted a bit.
The following week before Charles Stanley started to preach, he asked me to stand in front of the church and shared our encounter. It was a very humbling experience.
After service many people came up to wish me well, but one particular person stood out. Sitting directly to the left of me was the Executive Ambassador for In Touch Ministries. Long story short, we went out to dinner that week and I couldn’t shake the feeling it was an interview of sorts. Since that day in February, I am convinced that I will be starting my new career at In Touch Ministries in Atlanta.
This weekend I return to FBA for a special weekend. You see I can’t shake the feeling that the Holy Spirit is going to fall upon me where it all started this Pentecost Sunday. After all, it was at FBA where I got a small 5 second glimpse of the “peace that surpasses all understanding” back in February.
Holy Spirit I invite you into my life. I’m ready now.
In fact, In Touch just put up that video of Charles Stanley’s message from February 1st when I sensed Dr. Charles Stanley . looking at me. Here’s the video, I can be seen around the 19:20 mark. I’m wearing a red shirt 5 rows back: