God Goes Before Us


Reposted from Fruitfulsteps 1-29-14

The last thing I wanted to do today was to leave my warm house and my four daughters and go out into this bitter cold. I was dragging my feet extra heavily because I knew that in the middle of the day I had to evaluate a new client in an area of town where often I don’t feel safe. But duty calls, and I drug myself out the door, saw a couple of morning clients and headed through downtown. I said a short prayer for protection, as I often do in this particular neighborhood, and found the address I was looking for. To my surprise a parking place had been plowed just across the street from the house, and my little Ford fit into it perfectly. Reaching the house I knocked, and was invited in by the sweetest little African-American lady with a broad smile. For the next three hours I evaluated and interviewed this lady about her health and mobility while she told me all about her love for Jesus. She was very well versed in the scriptures, and not afraid to talk about it! We found many things in common outside of our faith as well, as we talked about our mothers and grandmothers and others we had loved. What a beautiful visit and a bright spot that made this frigid day warm from the inside! When I left the lady’s house we gave each other a warm embrace and said we’d look forward to the next time we meet.
Two things I took away from today: 1) God goes before us, and if we are willing to serve, He just may surprise us with something (someone) special. 2) God can use us wherever we are, as He did with this special lady today!


About Vicki Gatchell

I am a wife, a mother of four, a small-town girl, a lover of people, and most recently, I have been overwhelmingly called to share the message of Jesus Christ in Grace and Truth.
I grew up on a farm near Hicksville, Ohio where I raised sheep and was nurtured in a love for nature. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from The Ohio State University and have been practicing Physical Therapy for over 25 years.
I received my Master’s Degree in Ministry Studies and Women’s Leadership Studies from Grace College and Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. I am a life-long student of theology, a longtime ministry volunteer, and I feel called to step forward and lead.

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