Fresh Hope – Day 161

I was moved to tears as I watched on TV the re-enactment of a true story titled ‘The Stranger on the Bridge’.

Just a couple of weeks ago, viewers were captivated as they watched the story unfold of a young man that decided to take his own life by jumping from Waterloo Bridge.

His life was only spared by a passing stranger that felt compelled to stop and talk him out of ending his life.

The ‘stranger’ was eventually found and reunited with the man that he saved. He was thanked over and over again for literally giving him a second chance – a chance that he has never regretted.

Many years ago, I found myself working at an establishment that had many staff of all ages and backgrounds. On one particular day, I felt compelled to talk to one member of staff, a young lady in her early twenties. I knew that I was to share the love of Jesus with her, but a battle was also raging inside of me as to why I was not the person to do such a thing.  For the whole day, I was so convicted time and time again about what I should do, but sadly I decided to walk away.

That night I couldn’t sleep for thinking about this person and made a pledge to God that I would talk to her at the soonest possible opportunity the very next day.

I went to work that morning not knowing how my approach would be taken, but after several enquires as to her whereabouts I was told that she would not be in work at all for the foreseeable future, as she had attempted suicide after leaving work the night before.

I was totally stunned and filled with remorse as I realised that if only I would have spoken to her, things could have been so different.

That night, I visited her in hospital and told her the whole story. I felt so sorry for not going  to her rescue when I had felt prompted by God to do so. She later started to attend church.

That day, I said to God that I would do my very best to never question His voice again and when asked to do something, say something or go somewhere for Him, I would promptly obey,knowing that I may be saving someone’s life.

You never know whose life you could impact today, if you’ll just obey His still small voice within.

Jeremiah 1:5-8 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

Pastor Mark

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