This particular day, I noticed a swimmer stopping at the wall. My mind says, “Introduce yourself and say out loud, “Out of your heart flows rivers of living water.” I rationalize—“That can’t be God speaking. He wouldn’t interrupt my swimming to talk to a stranger.” After rationalizing and arguing with God, I agreed to talk if he stopped at the next wall.” You guessed it. He stopped. I shared what the Holy Spirit told me to say.
Michael looked at me and said he was a backslidden Christian. For the next 90 minutes we talked in the pool. Michael shared his life story. I shared appropriate Scripture. God encouraged us both. Michael committed to prioritize God’s word and prayer over the influence of the world.
Reflecting on that experience: how many times do I fail to listen to God and resist having my routine interrupted? I considered the context of that verse in John 7:38 and noted the following action steps: