Yesterday, we had a guest speaker at our church who made this wonderful statement and told this amazing story. Here is the statement: “Every situation Jesus faced, he had a redemptive solution.”
Here’s the story: The pastor was driving in his home province of New Brunswick, Canada. He saw a billboard for a diner that was two miles up the road, and then, inexplicably he started crying. He didn’t know why he was crying but his heart felt broken.
In a few minutes, he came to the diner and decided he should pull over and collect himself. He went in, sat at the counter, his eyes puffy from crying and the lady behind the counter said, “Can I get you anything?” He said, “A cup of coffee.”
Then, she said, “Are you alright?” And he explained. “I don’t know what happened. I was driving on the highway. I saw the billboard for your diner, and burst into tears. I am a pastor and for some reason God has sent me here, but he also has me weeping for you.”
Then, the woman started crying and told her story. “For our son’s 18th birthday, we bought him a motorcycle. We thought it would be a great gift, but not too long ago when he was riding it, he was struck by another vehicle and was killed. My husband and I believe we are responsible for his death. If only we had not bought him the motorcycle he would be alive.”
Then, the pastor realized why God filled his heart with sorrow when he saw the diner! He asked her if her husband was there. He was in the back room. She took the pastor back and they talked about how guilty they felt and the pastor said, “The Lord has brought me to tell you this message. ‘Your son’s death is not your fault. You are not guilty.’ And he wants you to be free from this burden of guilt.”
Then, the pastor prayed for them and asked God to bring them the freedom that they needed in Jesus Christ. Then, he went on his way, amazed and rejoicing that God had used him to bring Jesus’ redemptive solution to this heartbreaking human need.
May God use us all to bring healing to this broken, hurting world.
Jonathan Williams – Word of God, Speak!