Wednesday, September 09, 2009

A strange and wonderful day

Today was really interesting.
I'll start with the shorter of the two tales that I have to share.
I had a luncheon today with our Director of North American Operations, with five other co-workers. It's a monthly thing that he likes to do to keep his finger on the pulse of what's going on with all of us. And he likes to be open about what's going on with the company as well.
I've been to six of these luncheons now, and I think that's the most of anybody at Respironics. And one of the things that we're asked to do at the luncheon is to introduce ourselves to everyone, and tell everybody else one thing about ourselves that none of the others would know. What our Dir. of N.A. Ops shared was that he and his wife recently bought a camper because of an annual family camping event that his wife's family has on their farm. He then shared that his wife's family was from a small farming community on the western side of Ohio, and he began to describe it a little bit. And I chuckled at this and told him that it sounded like the small farming town in western Ohio where my mom grew up called Fort Recovery. He then laughed at that and said "That's about two towns over from where we were, in..." and we both said "St. Henry" at the same time.
Pretty cool. It's a small world, isn't it?

Next up is an interesting story that actually began yesterday.
I got pulled from my usual line to train on something different yesterday. And since I was training, I went without music all day. And that was OK since I had a few good laughs and conversations with my new co-workers. But the best one by far was when one of the manufacturing engineers came to talk to the young lady working beside me about a "dating" situation. She wasn't hiding anything in her conversation, so I was able to hear the majority of it. And she didn't mind that we could all hear. So when she finished telling her story she asked for some advice. When the young lady next to me finished giving her advice, I asked if she would like a male perspective. She welcomed it.
As I began to share with her, I could hear the Holy Spirit speaking to my heart. She shared more of the story with me, and the Holy Spirit's message came through even more clearly. So when she finished telling me what she wanted me to know, I told her what the Holy Spirit wanted her to know. She was floored by it. Especially when I told her I saw the Chessboard, and explained that to her.
I'm not going to say what I told her, because that's between us and God. But before the day was over she came up to me and said "I was really anxious and unsure about all of this. But since I talked to you I have a real peace about it and I am so calm now." And that's when I told her "That's one of my gifts. I just allow the Holy Spirit to work through me, and when the Spirit works, peace follows."
Now, today rolled around and I was working in a different area doing a line set-up project. And she was part of the support team. So we were working close to each other off-n-on through the day. And any time we were near each other I would hear the same message from the Spirit, until just before the end of the day.
As things were beginning to wind down she stopped to talk to me again and asked me what I was "feeling". I told her "Nothing has changed." And as we were talking one of the production specialists approached to talk to us as well. She heard some of what was being discussed and my manufacturing engineer briefly expressed what we were talking about, and told our specialist that I was "gifted". At first, she thought we were joking. But then I explained that my spiritual gifts were prophetic in nature and I often saw things when people needed to know something.
She was intrigued by this and asked a few more questions and that's when my manufacturing engineer told her what she had said to me about being very calm after talking to me. To which the specialist replied "I've noticed that about you. You're very calm and pleasant. And I have to say, I used to be afraid of you until I worked with you on the pilot run. That's when I realized that you are a really nice guy."
"It was the mohawk." I said.
She laughed as she admitted that it was. Then my manufacturing engineer interjected that she needs some of what I have. And immediately the Holy Spirit showed me an image for her. And this is what I told her;
"OK, I need you to go over to my "brother" Shaun's desk and have him read this scripture to you. It's Psalm 119. I'm not sure of the verse. I think it's 9, but I can't really see it. What I do see is that it's the first verse of the second group. The 119th Psalm is really long, like several pages, and it's broken up into sections. I know this because I've read it many times. But what the Spirit is showing me is 119 - which has to be Psalms - and the first verse of the second group is highlighted. Ask Shaun to read that to you."
So they both walked away to my friend/brother Shaun's desk and asked him to share that verse with them. I was still working on something so I stayed where I was and did what I was supposed to do. I heard a couple of gasps and an "Oh my God." from my mfg engineer. Then she walked off to her office with Shaun. The specialist came back to where I was and said "That was..."
I asked her what it said, and she told me:
"How can a young person stay pure?
By obeying your word."
"How did you know?" she asked.
"I didn't. I just saw what I saw. What it means is between her and God."
After a few moments my mfg engineer returned from her office and came over to me and said "You really are a visionary! Thank you so much."

I love it when God uses me like this!

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3 Comments:

Blogger Faith said...

ooooh. That's really cool.

7:30 PM  
Blogger One Wink at a Time said...

Awesome post, Michael. Thanks for sharing it with us. I love that the Lord is using you in big ways and (seemingly) small ways. He's got a wonderful messenger in you. And it must be a wonderful feeling for you!

12:25 AM  
Blogger M+ said...

Faith,
Yes. It is really cool to be used this way.

Wink,
Thank you. You're always such an encouragement to me. And it is wonderful to know that God is willing to use me.
Some times I feel like such a total f***-up that I just don't get it. Then He goes and does something like this and I get freaked out in the best possible way. He really loves me!

11:21 AM  

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