A stranger at the door

Isn’t it funny when you make your own plans but God has other ideas and everything changes?

I was supposed to be attending a worship meeting last night but decided to give it a miss. I hadn’t felt well all weekend and it had just started to snow quite heavily. I was glad I’d made the decision to stay at home and prepared for a relaxing evening.

Around 8pm, there was an unsuspected knock at the door. Jon answered and a lady was standing there, shaking and in floods of tears. Her car had broken down outside of our house and she had no charge on her phone. It was still snowing and it was bitter cold, so we invited the lady inside, along with her two Jack Russell dogs. I put her phone on charge and she was able to call the AA (vehicle rescue service). They said that due to the bad weather they wouldn’t be able to get to her until 10:45pm. I put the kettle on and told the lady, who was called Pam, to make herself at home.

God’s plan not mine

Of all the doors that Pam could’ve knocked on, she knocked on ours. I knew there was a reason for this and so I proceeded to tell Pam that I was a Christian and I believed that God had led her to our house. She became tearful and agreed that God was looking after her. We spent the next two and a half hours chatting about life and Jesus. Pam opened up to me about some very difficult times she had been through and I was able to minister to this lovely lady and encourage her that God had a plan for her life and was calling her back into a relationship with Him.

I had planned to spend the evening relaxing but God had other ideas for me. It reminded me of the scripture found in Proverbs 16:9,

We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.

When we are living a God centred life, we can never be sure of our own plans but should be flexible and willing to accept a move of the Holy Spirit at any moment.

Are we ready?

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  1. Hey that’s terrific Haley!
    God used you to minister to that lady, and even now she’s probably thinking on her relationship with God.

    And I ain’t never been to Europe. Is it fun living in ye olde England?
    Have either of y’all ever been to the United States?

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    1. I really hope so, Lee! Been praying for her all day today and hoping to invite her to church too.

      Love my country but getting fed up of the weather now….if it’s not raining, it’s snowing haha! Summer time is beautiful though so just hanging on in there for that.

      We love the USA and have been a couple of times. We are visiting Orlando, FL this year. Hoping to minister while we’re over there if you know of any churches in the area.
      Hayley 😊

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      1. Me and Melissa have said numerous times that we’d enjoy visiting England, more than anywhere in Europe in fact. But we could never afford to go. So it’s fun to hear from people like yourself who live there, and can describe what it’s like there.
        Sometimes I think how fun it would be to be there, and enjoy hearing my Texas dialect converse with an English dialect.

        I’m sorry that I don’t know of any churches to recommend in Florida. Although I did live in northern Florida briefly in the late 1980s; it’s a nice state.
        You’ve gotta post about your visit here in the states. That will be fun reading.

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      2. I’m sure you would love to visit, especially if you enjoy history as there are lots of castles and ancient churches. I never get bored of sightseeing and you can travel from one end of the country to the other in one day.
        I will definitely be writing about my time in Florida. We find that people in the states are much friendlier and welcoming than over here and you meet a lot more Christians too! I’d personally love to move to the USA but then we do have some things that are better over here, such as our National Health Service.
        It’s fun to visit though and I enjoy chatting with Americans as there’s always words that we use that you guys won’t have heard. For example, I say to my girls, ‘wash your donnie’s’ which means wash your hands.
        It’s very funny!

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  2. My dear friend in Christ,

    Divine Providence {God’s IN Charge} is often mysterious and occasionally even miraculous. That you were able to discern that it was God knocking on your door, and responded in charity was just what both of you needed in that “moment.”

    What an awesome God we have; and what a wonderful disciple you are.

    Continued Blessings my friend,
    Patrick

    Thanks for sharing this

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  3. I love how God just drop these unplanned moments on us! As Christians, we have to be alert and ready for whatever He may bring our way. Thank you for sharing and God bless.

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  4. There is nothing like a divine appointment Haley! Love reading stuff like this (It reminded for some reason of the book “the heavenly man”, the story of brother yun) Have you read it?

    This was set up by God for sure, I could feel it as I read the words, it isn’t just a story, its genuine availability. Awesome that even though you’s were home (and prob just wanted to relax) you still showed hospitality, you’s have a gift!

    Thanks for sharing, really encouraging for those of us with the space to invite people in and be like Christ.

    p.s – write a song about it

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    1. Thanks Dave! Yeah, definitely felt like it was a ‘God moment’ for sure and was really overwhelmed by the ladies response. I am certain she sensed the Holy Spirit in our home and in us. I can hear a song coming on now….. the hospitality song lol 😂

      I checked out multiply by the way and have downloaded the book to read. It looks really good so I’ll share with others in my church.
      Thanks so much,
      Hayley 😊

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  5. Love this post. I like when you said, “When we are living a God centred life, we can never be sure of our own plans but should be flexible and willing to accept a move of the Holy Spirit at any moment.”

    I think it’s great that when we plan to do something, God can easily flip the script in that moment to share the Gospel with someone or just to be there for someone who we never would have met.

    God’s ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.

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    1. Amen! You’re so right, God can easily flip the script so that we can share the gospel. Love the way you put it!
      Praise God, His ways and thoughts are higher than ours!
      Blessings,
      Hayley 😊🙏

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  6. Many are the plans of the human heart but it’s his that will always prevail. I am so inspired this blog. You are an amazing ambassador of our lord Jesus and I can’t wait to share with you the season ahead, what ever that looks like 💕

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    1. Amen! 🙏
      Excited to be a part of this season of your life too my lovely. 💞God has an amazing adventure lined up for you and it’s going to be amazing! Upholding you in prayer always 🙏❤️

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