Why do I have that cute black pump at the bottom of this blog? Here’s the story.
It is amazing how one simple act can change a life.
I was tired and just wanted to jump in bed that particular night in February of 2010.
Instead, I decided I should just grab a quick shower to wash off the day’s junk. Alone in the hotel room, I grabbed my soap and let the water get to my preferred temperature.
A cup of Chai tea and Psalm 4 were waiting in the next room.
“Oh man! I forgot that tulle sponge I meant to bring!”, I thought as my search for it was fruitless in my suitcase. I had quickly packed that morning tossing in a few items that were essential for my impromptu trip. That one was not.
“Oh well. No biggy.”
I hopped in and let the water and soap do their magic as I showered. And that is when my world was forever changed.
In my showering, I felt a mass like my flip phone in size and firmness wedged there in my upper left breast.
I looked. Nothing. I gulped and felt again. Something.
Even in the steam of the shower, my skin went cold and I had chill bumps as I pondered what this could mean.
With my hand suspended on the spot, I prayed, “God, I don’t know what this is, but I know You do. I pray it is nothing. In my heart, I believe it is something. What do you want me to do?”
You know what my spirit “heard” from Him? A simple directive.
Okay. I will. What would that be?
“Finish showering, dry off, sip your tea, read My Word, and talk to me.” (So, maybe more than one.)
Sitting on that bed in my comfy pj’s, sipping my Chai, I read Psalm 4 (NIV). Several verses jumped out at me:
“Answer me when I call to you,
my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
have mercy on me and hear my prayer.” (v1)
“Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself;
the Lord hears when I call to him. “(v3)
“Tremble and do not sin;
when you are on your beds,
search your hearts and be silent.” (v4)
“Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
and trust in the Lord.” (v5)“In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, Lord,
make me dwell in safety.” (v8)
When I awoke the next morning, I still heard, “Take the next step.” I’ve been taking the next step ever since.