Wow guys God is so good. He is opening my eyes to the broken people all around us everywhere we go. For me lately, this has been at school. I have been surrounded by a lot of atheists and Wiccans at my school.
About a week ago I prayed for my project partner who is a very strong liberal and atheist. He is highly intelligent, and can explain “why God doesn’t exist”, but also struggles with self-hatred and past addiction.
We agree to disagree on most things, but are slowly becoming friends. He was struggling with some knee pain one day as we were walking back to class. I told him a testimony of a guys hips that just got healed over the weekend as I prayed. “Huh” he thought about it. I offered to pray and he reluctantly shrugged his shoulders. “You’ve got nothing to lose” I pointed out. He finally agreed and we went to a corner and I casually laid my hand on his knee. Simple and sweet I commanded pain to leave. I told him to check it by walking up the stairs that hurt before. He did and when he returned surprisingly said it was better! Haha!
Today after Yoga (a great place to find atheists!) I connected with one of the girls in my class. Previously I had noticed her wearing a pentagram ring and jewelry. She is always very quietly and subdued and insecure, but has often complained of consistent back pain. I’ve wanted to connect with her and pray for a while, but was waiting for Holy Spirit’s lead. He is the answer for all situations, not just a bullhorn of righteousness.
So as we walked out of class today,she was telling me she had a headache and stomach ache. We chatted about puppies and work and food allergies/genetics. We landed at the parking garage and we’re about to part ways when I simply asked “hey do you still have that headache?” “Yeah”, she replied. I proceeded to gently ask if I could pray for her. She looked as if she would decline and stated how UN-religious she was. I said it was ok, and that it didn’t matter, I just wanted to love her and be intentional and see if it would change. She agreed that Love and intention can change things, so she sat down (without me even asking!) I began by thanking God for her. She smiled a little on the inside. I then asked for his presence to come and asked if I could lay my hand on her head gently and I commanded headache and backache to go. When I was done I asked how she felt. She smiled and said better! And again I assured her she didn’t have to “be nice”… as she is a very kind person. We kind of laughed it off and she explained that she thinks most religious people are full of judgement especially of her looks, as if she had been hurt by the Christians before. I told her that Jesus showed Love, so I believe in that. I began to tell her how awesome she was and she started to cry and then she hugged me. I finished simply by telling her I love her and she responded “I love you too”.
God is love, and Love is enough to break all the stereotypes and brokenness.