I was reading my Bible one morning this week and read in Deuteronomy that you will know someone is a real prophet if what they prophesy comes to pass. That reminded me of a visit I had many years ago with two women who showed up on my doorstep when we lived in California.
I had a passing acquaintance with one, but I had never seen the other. It was late in the afternoon and as I attempted to be a gracious hostess an unusual visit occurred.
Lydia, the woman I knew, introduced Leigh and explained that they were running some errands and decided to drive through our neighborhood which was on a beautiful peninsula. They came in and as we talked, I noticed Leigh seemed uncomfortable.
Our neighbor drove past the window and I commented that he had an interesting job at a record studio and had given the girls some uniquely shaped records.
Leigh said, “That’s it! That’s why I feel uneasy. The Lord is telling me that there is evil in their family room and you must not let your girls go in their house.”
I thought, “Hmm, that’s strange,” but I checked my spirit and it felt okay so putting my doubt aside I said, “Well actually my husband has already told me that. We’ve had a few strange encounters and he’s not comfortable having them be over there.”
After we moved we learned that their children were taken into custody by Children’s Services because of abuse. The parents were later indicted on child pornography charges.
Leigh had affirmed Don’s decision.
During that same visit I mentioned Matt. Leigh again said, “The Lord is telling me that he loves your son and that one day Matt will write a book.”
Again, I thought, “Hmmm, that’s strange,” but I checked my spirit and it felt okay so putting away my doubt I replied, “Probably not because he has some severe developmental issues.”
She looked at me and said, “The Lord wants you to know that each night He reaches down and holds Matt close to His heart.”
I stopped breathing for a minute because she had just repeated my nightly prayers for Matt when he began living in a group home, “Lord, please reach down and hold him close since I can’t.”
There are several more parts to this timely visit but when I think of the experience of writing In My Mother’s Words and how many of Matt’s stories are in it, I think Matt did, in a way, write a book.
Mother wrote in her journal, “The Holy Spirit is the one who works to make our prayers acceptable. He enlightens our minds so we may clearly see our desires, then softens our heart so we may feel them and finally He awakens and focuses those desires toward godly things.”
I don’t know that Leigh was a prophet, but I do know her visit strengthened my faith.