By Claudia Koenig
About five months ago, my husband and I met an airline attendant at a coffee shop. She has also become well known as an expert for working with retired dogs who have worked with the military. As we sat outside with our golden retriever Star (of David), the woman sat on the ground and loved on our dog the entire time of our visit.
When we said our good-byes, I said to her, “The Lord keep you and care for you.” I noticed she gave a warm gesture of acceptance. But there was no more time to share the Gospel with her. She left with two other attendants. They were walking to a nearby mall.
As we left the coffee shop, we were driving in their direction, so we stopped and asked them if they would like a ride. The woman said they were enjoying the walk. Though she had a look in her eyes that told me she was ready for the Gospel, there was no opportunity to tell her about Jesus.
My heart was saddened. This soul was ready to hear about salvation, but there wasn’t a thing I could do to talk with her. As we drove away, I thought, “Lord, please do something.”
We had exchanged our contact information, and I had contacted her once, but she had not responded.
This Christmas, I sent her a card by email. She replied to let us know that she would be in our area. We met her for coffee at the same place we had originally met. I had no idea if God would reap her soul during our visit.
We listened for sometime to all that was on her heart. She mentioned that her family’s religious background was Episcopalian and Lutheran, but she was New Age.
At this point I said to her, “You must understand that the most important fact is that when you die, you will go somewhere. And there are only two places to go, heaven or hell.” She gestured with her finger, up or down. I continued, “Your body will go in the ground, but your soul will go to one place or the other. And the only way to go to heaven is to believe in the Son of God, Jesus Christ as the one who died on the cross for your sins and rose again. He is the only way to heaven. It is not complicated to believe. All you have to do is ask Him to be your Savior.”
She placed her hand on mine. I started to pray and said, “Pray with me.” We prayed together, and she believed in Jesus. She repented of sins, thanked Him for His love for her, and asked Him to use her life for His glory.”
I then said, “Now you are in His hands. Nothing and no one take you out of them. You belong to Him.” She started crying with deep release. I then placed my hand on hers, and we kept our hands together as sisters would, until she stopped crying. This was God’s love for His disciples. Then we talked about what was in her heart. We talked for some time as God worked in her heart.
In one moment a soul is out of darkness and into the light, out from the way to hell to the Father in heaven because of the cross of His Son!
I told her, “You have much to celebrate this Christmas—Jesus, Your Savior!”
“Abba, Father, You did not forget my heart for this woman’s soul. But I never thought you would bring her back for her to hear about Your Son. You heard me! You did do something! Your faithfulness is everlasting!”
“Yeshua, what passion You have placed in me for You to have souls with You in Heaven. How can I resist You, living inside me by Your Spirit to reap those whom You have called Your Own?”
“Your compassion fails not, Messiah. You knew of this woman’s weary soul, and You have become her rest.”
“Holy Spirit, thank you for working in this woman’s heart for the Gospel. Thank You for all that You did to cause her flight schedule to bring her back. Because of You, Jesus has another stone in His crown and a daughter He has called to Himself.”
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. - Matthew 11:29
But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: - 2 Timothy 1:10
Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. - Mark 5:19
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (emphasis added) - John 13:35
But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. - Psalm 86:15
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. - Luke 2:11
All Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, King James Version, KJV.