1 Peter 5:9 NET “Resist him, strong in your faith, because you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are enduring the same kind of suffering”
Are you aware that you may have something in common with people you may not speak to regularly? Did you know that God will connect you with a person in a way that you least expect to share the things you have in common with? Sometimes God will reacquaint you with someone to share your commonalities in your faith, struggles, desires, journey, and much more.
“How can I get a book?!” was a message I received from an old friend from high school in response to a picture of my new book. I responded, “You can order through me. I’m in California right now. I’ll be back on Tuesday. You can cash app me and send me your address, or let me know when you’re working and I can drop it off to you. You’re still on 34th st. right?”. She replied, “Yes boo I am”. The next week, when I returned from California, as promised I reached out to her for address. Due to the new reports of COVID-19 in the tri-state area, I was starting to work from home and would be unable to drop the book off to her job. I sent her a message that read, “Hey love what’s your address? I’m going to mail the book. I’m back in town and am not sure when I’m returning to the office smh. She replied with sending me her address and I informed her that I would put it in the mail the next day. She said, “Ok boo. Perfect time for me to pick up a book to read during this time”. I responded, “Exactly. Did they close your store?”. She replied, “Not yet. Ugh. I’m just off today”. I replied, “Oh really? Then I can drop it off at your house. I’m home and have to run out”. She replied, “Yes lol. If that’s OK with you and we can have a drink lol”.
What God used as a way for me to drop off the book, He had a deeper plan instore of us. As we were reacquainting ourselves, I shared my story, testimony, process, and journey of how I became Pray the Impossible. She inturned shared her process and her journey. She said, “I may not always comment, but I’m applauding and cheering you on. I am definitely watching. It dropped in my spirit that we definitely have things in common and that’s what led me to reach out to you for a book”. After 4 hours of catching up, God’s purpose prevailed. In that short amount of time, we realized that we had so much in common that it blew us away. We found out that we both started going to church later in life, formed a relationship with God during a time when we were both lost and confused, both baptized 3 years ago and share similar stories in our personal life. It was truly a breath of fresh air to reconnect and reacquaint myself with someone from the past. What made it even sweeter was the fact that I was her first friend in high school when she moved to New Jersey from New York. God knew we struggled in the same kind of suffering and that our faith had endured and been tested in ways that revealed we had a lot in common.
God wants to align you with people whom you have things in common with for a greater purpose. There is someone you know or who you were once close with sharing the same challenges, struggles, and desires as you. When you least expect it God will use something to disguise His purpose to unveil that you’re not alone in your obstacles and have something in common with others. God uses what you have in common as a way to stir your faith, refresh your hope, and to keep believing that God is still in the business of answering prayers.