(You may have seen this post yesterday. If you did, I encourage you to go to the bottom of the post and click on "comments." This woman commented this morning. She signed it "tech support.")
She was so nice. We were on the telephone for about 45 minutes. I was having computer problems. She was at the other end of an 800 number and worked in technical support. What she did to help me was involved and detailed. Yet, she was patient and polite. A part of this process included a procedure during which she was able to actually look at my computer from her remote location. Consequently, she was able to see my home page, which is this blog. Finally, near the end of this process when it seemed that I would finally have wireless service again, she commented on the words that she saw in front of her on her screen. She said aloud the words: “God-Hungry.”
She then said something like, “That’s interesting.” She asked me if I was a pastor or a minister. I told her I was. She laughed nervously and said, “I’ve got lots of problems.” I said that I write this blog every day for people just like her who might need encouragement. She said, "Well I need that."
She went on to give me a confirmation number and made a few comments about the technical help she had given. She then said, “May I ask you a question?” Sure. “Would you pray for me?” I could hear many people around her, no doubt helping other callers. I realized that she was putting some trust in the voice at the other end.
I asked her if there was something specific that I could pray about. She said, "I have so many problems." I said, "Life can be overwhelming, can’t it?" For a moment, there was silence on the other end of the telephone. She then said, "I’m crying." I told her that I was praying for her and would continue to pray later that evening. I encouraged her to look on this blog for something that might be encouraging.
The following is a brief note to her:
Thank you for your help last night. I am glad you asked me to pray for you. You gave me your name and the name of the country where you live. After getting off of the telephone last night, I prayed for you. I prayed that God would help you with these overwhelming problems. I then "Googled" your country on my computer. I looked at the map of your country.
You are on the other side of the world from where I live. Yet, God knows exactly where you live. As I prayed, I thought about how he knows your address, your past and your present. He knows exactly where you live and what might be going on in your life and family. He knows the stress and pressure that you feel. He knows what is not going right in your life. He knows you and loves you.
I prayed for you again, when I got to my office. I know of nothing more powerful than praying for another person. It is a privilege to pray to God on your behalf. By the way, I happen to believe that our brief conversation was no accident. This sounds like a moment in which God was working in your life to reach out to someone and communicate your need for prayer.
Let me encourage you to look around this blog. Many of these posts are written to encourage. Feel free to either comment or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now to others who may be reading this post: Will you consider praying for her today? If you will pray for her, please leave a comment indicating that you will do so. Also, if there is a post that you have read on this blog that in some way you have found encouraging, please leave a link in your comment.