If you've read my previous posts you'll know that I've been trying to stretch myself when it comes to my words of knowledge gift. Jesus said that if we're faithful with what we have more will be added to us. Up until recently I'd been playing it safe in bringing words of knowledge at the front of church. A teaching session at TSM gave me fresh motivation and so this Sunday evening before our service at King's Arms started I spent time asking God who He wanted to speak to.
I felt He gave me a few words but one was particularly specific. He showed me someone who suffered with regular blackouts - about 2-3 times a week - that meant they weren't able to drive. When it came time for words of knowledge to be given at the end of the service I shared what God had given me and waited, but no-one responded. That is until I was praying for people right at the end of the meeting!
A girl I'd not seen before came up to me with her friend. She said she wasn't sure that she was the person God wanted to speak to because she doesn't really suffer with blackouts any more but when I asked her for details it was clear to me that she was the one God was picking out. It turned out that when she was in her teenage years she suffered from a-typical migraines which would lead to her having blackouts. These would take place about 2-3 times a week and meant that when it came time for her to learn to drive she wasn't able to (which was a big deal for her because she lived in a village and was desperate to be able to get about)
What was even more fun for me was that this was her first time visiting the King's Arms. She'd just moved back to Bedford from Cambridge and has been in and out of church for the last little while. She'd never experienced anything like this before and had come along that evening to see if this could be a place she could see herself getting involved. God picked her out - I'm fairly confident she'll be back!
And the next lesson for me in growing in my gift? Be asking God if the specifics of the word are happening right now or if what I'm seeing happened in the past. We'll see what next week brings!