Wednesday, February 28, 2007

OPEN TO THE SPIRIT'S LEADING

Yesterday I was scanning my address book in order to send a note to a friend. As I perused the list I came across the name of a gradeschool/highschool classmate I haven't seen in 20 years. She lived in an apartment upstairs in our house. There has been no contact since about 1985. No stresses, understand, simply a matter of everyone living in different directions. Right then I decided I was giving her a call.

As always, Kathy was delightfully sweet and cordial at the sound of my voice. I asked her how she was doing. Without hesitation she replied, My life is very empty right now, Terry. Very empty. We talked a lot. She wanted to know if I am still preaching. Then she asked if I had any ideas about a daily Bible reading. She felt if she could read something every day instead of "just on Sundays" it might strengthen her. Amazing!

I asked if she had a copy of My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. She'd not heard of it. I told her I'd look over my collection and would be sending something her way. Her final remarks were, Terry, you don't know how God knew I needed this call today.

I have a book bin of free books sent my way from some publishers. Perched on the very top of the stack was......My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. I sent it along with my Empowering the Ordinary and God Will Make A Way books.

While I didn't ever find the address I was trying to find, I did hit upon a wonderful kingdom moment. God's leadership is so much more productive!

7 comments:

Brenda said...

Aren't you glad that God knows when our Roleadex needs to stop before we do? I look forward to hearing these kingdom moments from you! Thanks for sharing!

Zack said...

Amen brother Terry! Thank you for sharing that today. I've read your book God Will Make A Way. It was a wonderful book! In fact, I need to read it again, because that was a while ago. You are so genuine Terry. I love hearing you preach at the Tulsa Workshop! You've blessed my life many ways too. Thank you! God bless you!
Zack

Jill said...

I love hearing stories like these! Thanks for sharing, Terry. It encourages me to follow that gut (Spirit) feeling I get sometimes.

Greg said...

I got a phone call from a certain Terry Rush last week ... sure made my day that he would take the time to spend a few minutes with me.

Monk-in-Training said...

Well Hello Terry,
What a great post, and a great blog. I am a local Tulsa blogger also. Thought I would say Hi and am so glad to see how the Spirit works in the lives of God's children, from whatever tradition! :)

Br. T. Alphege the Bald.


Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with Your most gracious favor, and further us with Your continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in You, we may glorify Your holy Name, and finally, by Your mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Franklin Wood said...

I once challenged some teens to ask God about His will for their lives...long-term and short.
One young lady told me that she felt an urging to pray for her cousin, who was not a Christian.
One month later, I saw her at another camp, where she informed me that she had been praying for her cousin to come across someone's path who could teach him about Christ.
"Franklin," she said excitedly, "he is HERE at camp this week!"
"That's awesome!" I exclaimed. "Isn't God awesome?"
She shook her head. "No, you don't understand. I prayed SPECIFICALLY for someone in his life. Franklin, my cousin is in YOUR cabin this week!!"
Well, long story short, myself and several other adults encouraged him and he was baptized about a month later in a crystal-clear mountaintop lake.
The Spirit indeed leads us...I wish I was a better listener!

Liz Moore said...

I think you found exactly what you were suppose to find. God Bless You today!