We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God's word, which is also at work in you believers. (1 Thessalonians 2:13 NRSV)
At church one evening in her hometown in Sweden, Ingrid Widdell heard a voice. At first she tried to ignore the voice by concentrating harder on the worship service, but the voice kept speaking to her, "Go down to the harbor!" She tried to dismiss this notion by telling herself that the harbor was in the roughest part of town.
A month later the voice of God was back, "Go down to the harbor tonight." An elderly couple lived next to her, so she went and told them about the voice. The elderly gentleman agreed to go with her to the dock that night.
They found themselves on a ship with intoxication crewmen. "Soon I found myself talking as rapidly about God as my English permitted, and how I had found a new life when I turned to Him for forgiveness," Ingrid recounts. A sound startled her from behind. In the doorway stood a tall middle-aged man, holding an empty bottle.
He had been listening to her. "Ten dirty years have gone since I ran away from God," he told her. Suddenly everyone was silent as this man told about how his life fell apart as a result of his drinking. He once attended church and had a family but lost everything due to alcohol. Ingrid started praying for guidance and then invited this stranger to church with her. "Will you come with me?" she asked him, "I will pick you up at eight o'clock." She didn't know if she did the right thing or not inviting this man to go to church with her. When she went to the dock, though, he was waiting. This time he was clean-shaven and wearing clean clothes. Together they went to church. After the service she asked if he would like to pray with her and some of the others in another part of the church. The man said he did. When this stranger got up from kneeling, "you could almost sense the inner light radiating from him and you could sense his new peace of soul."
Through Ingrid, God's word became flesh.
Dear God, help me today to become an open Bible. In Jesus name, Amen.
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