Stranger

October 22, 2017
by Kirsti Sipila

I had gone around the neighbourhood as usual handing out some of my devotionals. Many took them, saying, "Thank you." A few said a bold "No!" That's how it was when a young lady told me "No". I still had the copy out in my hand when I saw a well-dressed man wearing a nice pair of sunglasses walking as if on air towards me and taking the paper from me. In the brief moment, I saw his face and his eyes looking at me through the sunglasses. He had a wonderful smile on his face, and he looked like no one else on the street. His suit was very different, with shades of brown and gold not seen in this world. I could think of only one word, and I heard myself say happily, "Okay."

This incident has stayed with me as a supernatural moment, leaving my heart ringing and my soul singing! I am totally unable to explain the mysterious and glorious way that it came about. It became clear to me that the man was not just any man. He was Jesus dropping by my route with encouragement for me, showing that He was interested in what I was doing out there.

I can't explain how it was. Am I able to make such things up? Did it really happen? All I know is that I was touched by something supernatural and awesome that is hard to even fathom and believe.

It left me fully thankful and assured that I was doing the right thing out there with my way of sowing the seed of the gospel. The smile on the face of the stranger proved it!

It is so true that the Lord is near His own always, but not all of us get to see Him alive in powerful proof of His resurrection presence. We read in the gospel accounts how Jesus appeared to many after His resurrection: to Mary Magdalene, to those walking to Emmaus, and to Thomas and the other disciples. For the rest of us, Jesus promised, "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me" (Matthew 25:40b NIV) and "Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:20b NIV)

Likewise, the apostle Paul advised us to treat our bosses as if they were Christ: "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. (Colossians 3:23 NIV)

The truth is out. The next time we see a stranger, we might recognize Jesus and experience the reality of Him in our lives!

Prayer: Heavenly and supernatural Presence, it is humbling to find You so close and real, giving us a lasting assurance to continue our walk in this life in Your name. Thank You for removing all that hinders our walk with You. Thank You that we can live a life of faith in You. Thank You for Your holy Presence in our lives. In our Saviour's holy name, we pray. Amen!

About the author:

Kirsti Sipila <kirstiksipila@hotmail.com>

Brantford, Ontario, Canada


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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you Kirsti. Thank you!


    Thanks for the encouraging word, Kirsti.


    What a wonderful thing to do – never thought of it – though I do email on the devotionals.”


    Kirsti, aren’t those supernatural moments amazing! God’s encouragement always comes when we need it most. Thanks for sharing your experience. Blessings.


    Dear Kirsti
    Don’t you just LOVE those God moments! Thank you for sharing yours. It fills me to overflowing with joy when I hear stories like yours.


    Good Morning Kirsti:
    Take courage! Believe! The Lord, OUR Lord is with you. I have experienced similar situations in my life. I believe it is God’s way of saying “Thank you!”
    Blessings.


    Kirsti, what an awesome experience – the Man in the suit! What a wonderful ‘resource’ for you for the rest of your life, just to go back in your mind and relive that moment. What a blessing for you to let others (like me) have a glimpse at your very real moment in His visible Presence. Thank you for this – it becomes a very real witness and resource for me now, as well. God bless.


    Dear Kristi,
    I thank God that there are Many persons like you who are handing out the good news of Jesus’ love and sacrifice for the sins of us all. Many are not knowing that salvation and a wondrous new life are immanent and free for the asking in faith.
    Continue to write and to share in God’s power.


    Dear Kirsti:
    I always enjoy your devotionals! It is great to “meet” a sister in Christ, who also shares the same spiritual gift – the gift of discernment. I am in my 70’s, and finally recognizing this gift and enjoying and appreciating it, while being very careful with it. It does enable us to “recognize” Jesus and His Holy Spirit, more and more all the time. Wonderful gift!!!
    Keep keeping on in His service. See you someday, up there!


    Kirsti,
    I am one who has had many many (Spiritual) happenings in my life.
    Especially with the last minister. I was choir director for many years but physical disabilities have allowed me to sit in congregation and listen, but I had many experiences that came up from different church events I have been to in the earlier years. I would also know before the minister what he was going to say about hymn choices and he would find doing the same with me. I would paint a picture and then attend a conference and there would be something that came up and I knew why I had done it.
    (BC)


    Wonderful word and encounter Kirsti! Keep up the good fight.
    Blessings.


    Kirsti – not many people would “recognize” such a heavenly visit. God was close to you that day and always.


    Good morning, Kirsti,
    What a wonderful experience of God’s love reaching out to you – and now us, through your devotional. Thank you for having shared it: it is a beautiful reminder of Christ’s presence in our individual lives.
    God bless you today and always!
    (BC)


    Thank you for sharing that very special moment with us.

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