Years ago I worked with a younger woman named Vanessa. We became friends, although we didn’t see each much outside of work. We talked quite a bit, especially about our husbands and children. I probably talked about church a lot. One day Vanessa told me that she and her husband came from very different faith traditions–neither one felt completely comfortable in the other’s family church. One was quite formal, the other very informal. As a consequence, they weren’t attending church at all. Out of my mouth came words that really surprised me, “why don’t you come to my church, I think it’s somewhere in the middle!”
I was immediately nervous, fearing Vanessa would now think I was going to try to “convert” her at every opportunity and our comfortable work friendship would become strained. Well, that didn’t happen but we didn’t broach the subject again, and she didn’t show up at church the next Sunday.
Time passed, and our church had their yearly yard sale. Vanessa and her family stopped by and spoke with me and some other members. Then a few weeks later, her family did come to Sunday worship. Eventually they became members.
My point? Well God uses even our fumbling, reluctant witness to call people to Him. The Holy Spirit works in us and through us even when we’re not paying much attention.
“…the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts, knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” Romans 8:26-27
When have you felt the prompting of the Spirit and where and to whom has it led you?