February 28, 2007
Even though I am not posting this on the day it happened, I am writing all of this down so I can empty my head of it. I don't want to publish this until I hear what happens. I don't know how long it will take or what the rest of the story will be, I just want to wait and see before I share.
Today I was washing dishes and a name popped into my head. Actually, it was a product name. Tupperware. I don't know if I need some or I saw something that made me think of it, but into my head it popped. I used to sell Tupperware. I was actually pretty good. I became a manager with some girls under me and I probably could have done really well at it if they didn't expect it to be my gospel. It started to become a conflict of interest for me. I say, for me, because some people don't have a problem mixing things like that. I just couldn't do it anymore. Anyway, my distributor's name was Karen. Her name was the next name to pop into my head. I probably wouldn't have given it another thought, but for some reason today was different.
I have been listening to the Bethel sermons and yesterday the one I heard had a testimony at the end given by one of the intercessors at that church. He was talking about how a couple of years ago, God put some leader, can't remember his name now, on his heart to pray for. He was obedient and then, like a year or two later, they heard this guy talking about a time in his life, a couple of years back, when his life was in danger. God had laid it on that intercessor's heart to pray for this man at a time when he needed it. I have had times in my life, some not too long ago, where a name would pop into my head. Sometimes it would be a famous person, sometimes I had to look up the person because I didn't know who they were. I started to wonder today if that's what God was doing when he would put someone's name in my head. I decided that I would start to be obedient when the Lord did that. Even if it wasn't the Lord, at least someone was getting prayed for!
So, there I was, washing dishes, when this lady's name came to me. Karen. I went over to the computer and pulled up the Tupperware website. There was a link for finding a consultant. I clicked it. Then it asked me for my address so they could find a consultant in my area. I typed in my mom's since she lives in Arlington where I used to live when I was a consultant. Just as I was thinking it would probably take a long time to find her, a list popped up and her name was the second from the top. I clicked on it. A web site for her distributorship came up with an e-mail to her personally. I was just sitting there staring at that e-mail address and my heart was pounding. What in the world, I thought. Are you actually going to contact her? What are you going to say? She'll probably try to get you into Tupperware again. I was nervous because I knew I was not only supposed to pray for her, I was supposed to contact her. We weren't even really that close. It was more of a manager/employee relationship. I clicked on the e-mail address and just started typing. I told her who I was and where I was now and how she had taught me some valuable lessons about speaking in front of people and having confidence in myself. Then I told her that the Lord had brought her to my mind today and I'm trying to act on those things more when they happen. I told her that when we think of someone out of the blue or run into someone that we hadn't seen in a while, those usually aren't chance encounters. I told her that if she had anything going on in her life that she needed prayer for or she just wanted to talk, she could call me. I don't even know if she remembers me! I gave her my phone number anyway.
I'm really expecting God to do something here. He may just be teaching me obedience, but I think there's more to it than that. When something does happen, I'll post this and the next post will be the rest of the story!
Stay tuned! I will be sharing the conclusion of this story tomorrow or at my earliest convenience. (Don't let that scare you. It'll be within the week.)