Life changers. Regular girls who’ve grabbed on to this faith thing. They shake off stale religion and crave a Jesus walk that’s intimate, deliberate. And oh, how their texts tickle me: “Mrs. Ava! Guess what God just showed me!?!”
Tori tickles me for sure. She’s a pre-med student who should probably be a lawyer. She’s smart and quick and ready to defend her faith. But with a complete stranger? That’s a whole new ballgame, and Tori was recently called up to bat.
Here’s her game changing story in her own words:
On a recent flight, I recalled my pastor saying that he shares Christ with fellow passengers. Then out of the blue I thought, “An airplane is actually a great place to witness.”
Suddenly I noticed a guy to my right. He was young, maybe late twenties. And I heard a voice in my head say, “Talk to him.”
I ignored it at first. My palms got sweaty, my heart raced, and nerves took over. “God, why should I talk to him? What will it gain?” I asked.
The reply? “Just do it.”
I started out easy, asking about his travels. His reply was just one word. I pressed a bit further, but the conversation went nowhere. So I decided to mind my own business.
Then a Holy Spirit dialogue ensued:
“That’s it? You’re quitting now?”
“But, God, I did what you said! I tried to talk with him!”
“So keep talking.”
I asked the guy about churches where he lived. I asked if he went to church. Then I asked a bigger question. Is his family Christian? “Yes,” he said, “they are.”
After this last question, he turned away from me, ending the conversation. And that’s when I realized that this was a test. My test. Would I obey God despite fear and discomfort?
Did this brief encounter change a man’s life? Not that I could tell. But I don’t know him, and I don’t know where he stands with God. I do know I’d been faithful, and God could do the rest. I had passed a scary test and drawn closer to my Savior because of it.
Meet Tori, life changer. Prompted and strengthened by the life-giving Life Changer, one obedient step at a time.
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