My mom wanted me to promise that I wouldn’t pick up and hitchikers while I was in Tulsa. I compromised and told her that I wouldn’t unless I felt God very specifically speak to me.
Last night, I was on my way back from a special service at another church, and I took a couple wrong turns . . . pretty strange. I wound up seeing a guy walking on the side of the road and I heard God speak to me to go and pick him up and give him a ride. It wasn’t a very “safe” part of town so I tried to ignore God for a split second… and I had a griping feeling in my gut so I knew it was totally God and I needed to stop. So I did.
Turns out he didn’t need a ride. He only needed $4.24 for a Greyhound ticket to Oklahoma City. Normally I would have been skeptical, but since I knew I had heard God I pulled out a Lincoln (the bill, not the coin) and offered it to him. And he didn’t want to take it without working for it. He wanted to wash my car or do SOMETHING because he didn’t want to be a beggar. He just wouldn’t take it. Finally I was sort of frank and abrupt and just told him that God told me to help him, and he’d better take it. 🙂
After I identified myself as a Christian, the man proceeded to tell me his testimony. It took awile, but it was good. He walked away with his hands in the air praising God. I got back in my car encouraged.
Always be obedient to God.
*Picking up hitchikers can be dangerous and I do not encourage anyone to do dangerous activities. Just obey God (because if you’re CERTAIN its God-then you will be worse off for disobeying God.*