We never know where life is going to take us next or how we are getting there, but somehow we still get to the right place at the right time. What I mean is that is what happened to me at jail tonight. After work there was an engagement party I wanted to go to, so I made sure to tell Miss Zander I would be a little late. Once I arrived at the jail, she and her husband were coming out. They were on their way to the hospital due to an accident that just occurred. “Get signed in and go back to 954, we are going to have services anyway,” she said. I get inside, sign in and walk back to 954 where the ladies are seated, and Miss Tammy has already started the service with a deputy standing by.
I suggested that we sing a song everyone knows. So we sang Amazing Grace and it was beautiful. The room filled with the sweetest most angelic voices ever heard. Tammy did a fantastic job on explaining putting on the whole armor of God. She went through each piece and how that looks in our everyday life. The ladies grabbed a hold of it and said how much it helped them.
I didn’t know how the two of us would fill up two hours of worship, but the Lord had no problem doing this through us. I started out by telling them a riddle. “What is greater than God, more evil than the devil, Rich people don’t need it, Poor people have it and if you eat it, you will die.” Do you give up? The answer is NOTHING. I went on to tell them about how in Luke 22:24-38 the disciples are arguing about who was the greatest. Then Jesus says to Peter “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for you, that your faith doesn’t fail: and when you are converted, strengthen your brothers.” So, maybe the reason we go through the tough times is because we will need to strengthen someone else who is going through something.
Tammy and I tag team the rest of the service by asking if there are any questions or something they want to share they have learned. A hand went up stating she loved hearing about the full armor of God. Another lady asked about the 144 thousand Jews mentioned in Revelation. But all walked away saying they enjoyed the service. I was pleased in hearing that because it was different than how it is normally conducted. The deputy that stayed with us said she enjoyed it very much and didn’t want it to end. That was a blessing to hear.
Before we left the room to take the ladies back to their cells, a woman made a B-line to tell me what an inspiration I was to her. She was not specific in her blessing, but I figure that is between her and the Lord. While we were filing out, I was handed a note from “Bucky” to please come get her out of the cell; which I was happy to do.
Once we were in the law box, she broke out the new pictures she just received from home. Some were funny, and one sad. Her mom is elderly, and the picture revealed her frailness. She found out in court this past week that she has almost another year yet to serve. Her fear is that her mom won’t make it until she gets out. Bucky was inconsolable. I had no choice but to put my hand on her arm and just cry with her. We prayed together and both are depending on the Lord to bring comfort. Times like these are the toughest ones, but we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus. We can’t forget how Jesus is our strength, our comforter, the power. God is God and we are not. He has a good plan for us, even when it doesn’t feel or look like it.
Let me end with this because this is my whole point, “For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison”, and “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed in us.”
Joyce returned before we went home to show us, with a smile on her face that her finger did not need stitches! She ministered where God put her and who knew it would be at the hospital.