Submitted by Linda Allen
Life sure is funny sometimes! You just never know what might happen in the most unlikely of places. And the BIG question is…are we ready and willing?
It all happened on a recent trip to Las Vegas to stay at Caesar’s Palace with my hubby for a trade show he needed to attend. And if you know me, I am always up for a trip, so of course, I tagged along. The plan was for him to work for a few days, and then we were heading to the Grand Canyon which has been on our bucket list for many years.
We arrived on a Sunday early morning Vegas time, and my hubby had a business meeting right away. I eagerly looked forward to a little R&R by the pool, with a book that I had recently started reading and was already captivated by it! When I arrived at the pool, it was PACKED—hardly any chairs were available unless you wanted to step over a lot of people and their stuff…as I stood there surveying the situation, I see a lady start to gather her things and her chair was on the end of a row—Yay!!! No need to bother a lot of people by climbing over them–As I made my way over to the chair, she left before I arrived, and there was a man laying in the chair beside the chair she just vacated. I kindly asked if I might have the chair, and he replied, “Sure—my wife just left to go do some shopping. She said it was way too hot out here” (it was 99 degrees—so yeah, pretty hot). He continued by saying, “We are leaving tomorrow and she needs to pick up some souvenirs for the grandkids. “ Nice man, I thought! And then I proceeded to get myself settled and could hardly wait to get to my book. Well the man, whom I soon learned his name, as Mike, — was from Chicago, owned his own business, loves to travel, heard all about his family….I mean really this man was a “talker”—and I was pleasant and carried on conversation for a few minutes, then thought, okay, he has to be done—I even got up and went to the pool to “cool off a bit” thinking he’d get the hint and leave me be! But God had other plans!
Sometimes in life, there are just Divine appointments, that truly you have no idea they are about to happen—and maybe in some ways, you might be like myself and want to just be left alone—I mean really—I wanted to just read my book! But as Mike continued to talk with me, I mentioned something like that my hubby and I prayed for our girls to love the Lord and find the path He has set for them—Well that opened a door and Mike’s response to me was “well you’re a praying woman, huh? Kind of like a Tammy Faye Baker or Jerry Falwell.” Haha!!! I burst out loud laughing—well not necessarily like them, but a lady who loves the Lord and wants to spend her life doing what God wants me to do—From that point forward, he begin to share about his experiences with “religion”—which is WAY too long to go into here, but let’s just say, Mike was seeking—but just not sure about things! He wanted so badly to have peace and contentment—He had done it all, achieved great success in business, and etc, but still the inner peace eluded him.
As I began to share about Jesus, he couldn’t stop asking questions—from things he had heard or read, or things he never had understood—it was like so many things I have learned and experienced in my life, just flowed forth. I was able to speak with a deep love for the Lord and His word became alive in me as I shared it–almost like an out of body experience. Many times over the next 3 hours, Mike cried—Can you visualize that—a grown man, in his swimsuit—bawling like a baby—in the heat of the day—at a pool in Vegas—SIN CITY, I might add—It was a movement of the spirit like I’ve never seen before! And it was God who did it all! I was able to pray with that man, Mike, and he asked the Lord to come into his heart and change him from the inside out—to create a new man—and I cried with him as I know that this was the day, that the Lord had planned for Mike’s salvation, all along! And that He let me be just a small part of that plan! I know in heaven, there must have been great rejoicing, because between Mike and I, we could hardly contain our excitement. There is nothing sweeter than God claiming one of His own! I still get all choked up today as I think about it!
Unfortunately, his wife never returned, so I didn’t get to meet her. I told Mike I would be praying for him and encouraged him to get into a church and into the word of the Lord—I gave him my information, if he ever needed to talk! That was in April and so far, I haven’t heard from him. He and his wife left Vegas the next day, so I never saw him again!
A Divine Appointment of the Lord—in of all places—Las Vegas! Who would ever think it!!! Sometimes what happens in Vegas—shouldn’t stay in Vegas! Giving Praise to the Lord!!