It was early one morning when I was getting dressed for work that I heard the Holy Spirit speak to me saying, “You need to talk to Jerry today”. I stopped dead still in the middle of dressing and started to chuckle saying, “Lord, I just don’t know about that”. Jerry is a gay guy that works at my office. He is very open about being gay. He is also very young; in fact, he could be my son if I had one. I could hardly stand to be around him. I have actually gone out of my way to avoid coming into contact with him.
I finished dressing and headed to work. I arrived at work and, as I swiped my badge to enter, the door would not open. This had never had happened at any time since beginning my employment several years ago. I always arrive at work early every morning so the fact that no one was there yet was not unusual. Just as soon as I turned around to go back to my vehicle, however, a truck pulled up right next to mine. Take a wild guess as to who it was … yes, it was Jerry!
In my mind, I said, “Oh, Lord, I can’t believe this!” Then, the Holy Spirit said, “Go, talk to him. Ask him if he has he read any of your stories”. Well, needless to say, I really did not want to look at him, let alone talk with him, but I knew I had to be obedient to the Holy Spirit. After telling him that we could not get in the building, I said, “Hey Jerry, tell me something. Have you read any of my stories floating around the office?” He said, “No, I haven’t, but I would really like to read them.” Then he added, “When we get in the building don’t forget to bring some of them to me”. I said, “All right”. Just as I said that, someone opened the door. Imagine that! Ha!
I carried one of my stories over to him and it wasn’t long before he came quickly back over to my office with tears in his eyes. He said, “Ellen, you will never know what this story has done to me. He said, “I have felt just like you described your feelings in your story, the part that said you felt weighed down with fear”. Then he added, “I have felt like that all of my life. I see you here at work and you are always talking about the Lord to everyone and you always seem so happy. I really feel that I could to talk to you”.
Jerry continued, “Do you think we could possibly go to lunch one day”? I told him, “No”. I said, “You are right, we do need to talk, but not during lunch because I don’t feel like an hour will be enough time to really talk. I added, “How about letting me take you to dinner one evening after work when we won’t have any time clocks to punch”. He agreed. I shared the gospel with Jerry and answered all of his questions. We both shed tears. I do not know if he is still continuing in the gay lifestyle or not because he has taken a new job outside of my department. But I do know that he does know the truth. I continue to pray for Jerry and I know in my heart that the Lord orchestrated His will through me. We serve a most powerful awesome God! What a Savior!
“He who obeys instructions guards his life, but he who is contemptuous of his ways will die.” (Proverbs 19:16)