Today, we have a guest post from my wife, Diana, who had an experience last week worth sharing.
Desiring to follow the health directives of my doctor, I attended a medical lab for a couple of tests. This was not prompted by any concern, but was part of my “tune up”, as my physician referred to his requisitions.
As a part of the pre-test screening, the technician asked me a number of questions, including when my first COVID-19 vaccine had been administered. When I told her, we both commented on the shortened waiting period between shots, and what that would mean for travel plans.
As she continued the preparations for the imaging, I told her that we have talked about taking a road trip to Arizona when time allows, and the border is re-opened. She wistfully told me that she longs to go to Sedona, wanting to experience the spiritual healing people report there. I said that I didn’t know about those things, but that one of my favourite sights is the first glimpse of the mountains as one heads out of Calgary toward the Rockies along the Trans-Canada highway.
My explanation of what that view does for me is “a complete centering of my being.” Her reply to this (remember, all of this is happening while I was in, well, not the most comfortable of positions) was that she feels exactly that way when she goes into a church. She was quiet for a moment, and then said, “I was raised Hindu, but that is similar to how I feel when I am in a church.” I said that when I am able to soak in such a glorious part of God’s creation, it is a reminder of just how great He is, but just how important I am to Him.
And then, after another moment of quiet, she said, “I’m sorry, you are the only the second person I’ve ever told that to. The other was my husband.”
That trusting statement, after such a brief encounter, was a sacred one for me. I responded to her with a smile and said, “Thank you for sharing, but let me tell you that my husband is a pastor, and I am a long-time friend of Jesus. I think what you experience is Him wanting to spend time with you.”
She sighed and smiled, and said, “Imagine!” It was at that point we were finished, and I headed to the next part of my time at the lab. Telling Jeff, the sacredness of that moment fully hit me. There I was, in a fairly vulnerable setting, apparently being safe enough for this lab technician to admit something that in some parts of the world would see her severely punished! To top it off, God opened the door for me to sow the seed of Jesus wanting a personal relationship with her. The conversation was as natural as one about the weather, but I think maybe, just maybe, God spoke to her – He certainly reminded me of his presence and desire to be in relationship with all of us.
Pray that God will position you for a conversation like that, and watch what happens!
“The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship” (Psalm 19.1, NLT).