I wasn't a bad girl or even known for being a good girl.
I was The Christian Girl. You know the one, don't you? I carried my Bible in my backpack and when I felt especially brave, I put it out on my desk with my name boldly inscribed on the front in small gold letters.
I took my dates (the few I had) to church youth events, or to the altar if I really liked them. I started the first Bible Club on campus with my sister and I prayed for my lost friends.
On one particular night, I remember laying in bed crying and praying for my classmates.
There was no great revival or harvest of souls in my high school. I graduated and went to Bible College where I met my husband and lived happily ever after. High school was but a memory (and even somewhat painful at that).
I haven't thought about those classmates from nearly twenty years ago very often. I've learned of a few on Facebook, but I'm not one to pine for the past.
But sometimes the past meets the present and God's Sovereignty arranges a meeting you can't imagine when you're just a teenager.
We've been at our church for several years. We teach Sunday School each week to the elementary kids and love the children's ministry. There's a certain teacher that has really captured my kid's attention. He is funny and charismatic and he loves God.
Through a strange coincidence of events, I made an unbelievable discovery:
The man teaching my children about Jesus every week went to my high school. We shared several classes together and graduated the same year. Although there was something vaguely familiar about him, I hadn't recognized his transformation. He was a long-haired, head banger and ran with the bad crowd in school.
We've talked about the unusual coincidence and I laughingly said, "I prayed for you in school!"
He answered me seriously, "It worked. Thank you"
It's amazing to see your prayers answered, twenty years later. It's amazing that I was surprised. Does God's Word not say in Isa 55:11……. "So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it."
It's not about being The Christian Girl. It's about serving a big God who is working in ways we can't even imagine–even when it seems like nothing is happening.
(Pssst…You're making a difference, whether you know it yet or not.)
I'm reminded of the girl I used to be and I want to be more like her every day…except maybe with cooler clothes.