By Virginia Dawkins
The Meridian Star
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” — Anne Frank
My friend Jerry passed from this world into a better place several months ago, but I can still hear his laughter and see the twinkle in his eyes as he told his stories. This is one of his true stories that I won’t forget:
Jerry was in the hospital recovering from pneumonia when a cleaning lady came into his room. My friend, who seldom met a stranger he couldn’t create a conversation with, began talking with the young woman, who looked as though she might be pregnant.
They chatted and laughed and made small-talk while she tided his room. When she finished her work and started to leave, Jerry asked, “May I pray for you and your baby?” When she agreed, Jerry prayed and asked God to bless the woman’s unborn child and to give the mother a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery. When he finished the prayer and looked up, he saw tears in the woman’s eyes. He said, “Your baby is very special in God’s sight. Did you know that?”
As the tears continued to fall, the woman made a confession — she had planned to get an abortion. She then told Jerry that his prayer had created new thoughts in her mind. When she left the room, Jerry didn’t know what decision the lady would make. However, he had a peaceful feeling that he had obeyed a quiet nudge from God, and he eventually forgot about it.
Years later, when he was shopping in Wal-Mart one day, a woman walked up, tapped him on the shoulder, and asked, “Sir, do you remember me? Fifteen years ago, you prayed for me, and I’m so glad you did.” She then turned to the boy beside her and said, “This is my son. You told me he would be very special, and he is; he has blessed my life.”
When Jerry Bratu responded to a silent nudge and prayed with a stranger that day, a life was saved.
In her book, "One Perfect Word," Debbie Macomber writes: “I get those nudges — like I ought to call someone I’ve wronged or I should take a casserole to a grieving family — I need to learn to recognize God’s voice. The more we practice listening to His voice and acting on it, the better we get at recognizing it.”
Imagine how different this world could be if all of God’s children were sensitive and obedient to His nudges!
Virginia Dawkins’ stories and devotionals have been published in a series of "Cup of Comfort" books. She and her husband are life-long residents of Meridian. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.