"Can you pick me up from the park behind Kroger? We're done here." Luckily, I was already at Kroger so I finished up and headed over. My boyfriend, Jordan, and three of my friends were at a Muslim celebration open to the community. The Muslims were celebrating the end of Eid--a commemoration festival where the Muslims celebrate Abraham sacrificing Ishmael (though the Bible says that Isaac was offered) and the lamb that God provided. The Muslims were celebrating with a potluck open to the community. My friends saw this as the perfect opportunity to bring Jesus' love to them. Grocery shopping kept me from going. Classic.
The night was coming to a close when I pulled up, but I was immediately offered food and fellowship. I settled in with my friends and began talking with the Muslim's still present. The food was phenomenal and so was the conversation. As we talked, I suddenly noticed a guy being carried off the basketball court next to the park. My friends said he was injured.
"That's the second time he's been carried off to his car." One of my friends mentioned. "His ankles are hurt." At first, none of us noticed, but, our friend had rushed over to meet this guy. As we looked over and watched them talk, it became clear what was about to happen. Our friend put his hand on the guy and started to pray. "He's gonna get healed!" We whispered and became giddy with anticipation. The Muslims at our table were equally intrigued. A moment later, the guy threw up his arms and put on a face of shock and disbelief. We all burst into laughter and celebration as we watched Jesus heal this guy's ankles on the spot. Our friend, the guy who got healed, and his friends all ran over to us.
"Man, what was that!? What did you do!? How did you do that!?" Our friend responded, "Jesus healed you! He's real!" We found out this guy's name was Tyreke. Tyreke jumped and tested out his ankles and continued to ask what happened and say how crazy it was. One of his friends said, "Hey, you should pray for him again because he hurt his ribs in football a few months ago and it still bothers him sometimes." To which Tyreke responded, "Dude, I don't even feel that anymore!" More laughter and praises shot up at that report. Jordan stepped in and asked Tyreke if he had a relationship with Jesus or any other experiences like this. Tyreke said that he prayed but he had never experienced Jesus like this before. "Tyreke, what are you going to do now?" Silence and then he said, "I have to tell someone about this!" I loved hearing that. I felt the same thing.
Slightly breathless from joy, I turned to the Muslims and one of them asked me, "Can all Christians do that or can only your friend do it because he is extra good?" I said, "All Christians can pray and see healing happen but it's not because we are extra good. It's because we believe that Jesus is God and that He loves us and wants to heal us! He acts when we pray to Him and He loves to show us how much He loves us in awesome ways." They nodded and my friend jumped in, "Don't you guys see? Jesus is real!"
I let him take the reins and I walked away to watch Tyreke successfully dunk on his healed ankles. We didn't know that we would see a miracle that night. I didn't know that God wanted me to be apart of something amazing though I thought I was going to be trapped in the grocery store. Tyreke didn't know he would get his ankles and ribs healed and that He would meet Jesus in a powerful way. The Muslims didn't know that they would have Jesus so tangibly brought to their attention. But God knew everything. He knew exactly what each person needed from Him and He delivered magnificently. I don't know where Tyreke is, but I like to think that he rekindled his relationship with Jesus. I don't know where the Muslim's are, but I like to believe that they can't quite get the miracle out of their heads.
Like Tyreke, I know I'm supposed to tell someone about how awesome Jesus is. So I'm telling you.
Pass it on.
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