Frank & Ennis
I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the perception of your mind may be enlightened so you may know that is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength.- Ephesians 1: 17-19
I wake each morning and ask for God to use me as His vessel. Now that summer is upon us I have been given the opportunity to spread God’s word and share His glory with others in a new way. Last weekend, I was guiding trail rides for visitors to the Greater Yellowstone area. Along the way, I met folks from Virginia, Pennsylvania and Germany. We are able to share God’s glory with all folks that join us for a trail ride; in the blooming variety of wildflowers; the ecology of the region they are in; and of course, views of the Grand Tetons are unremarkable.
On Sunday morning, I was given an opportunity to guide the couple from Germany, Ennis & Frank. They were a curious folk, with lots of questions and broken English. My father taught me, a long time ago, how to count to ten in German. So I used that to break the ice, and let them know I was interested to communicate. God used this, I believe, to gain trust and allowed us to communicate effectively throughout the ride. So, along the way, I showed them the flowers and told them the names in English, and they responded by telling me the names in German. Between our intermittent conversation, I prayed for them.
As many folks know, the church in Europe and Asia has gone underground. The churches have turned into museums and Jesus no longer takes up residence in the center of the heart. I didn’t know where this couple stood, but I know what they are up against. So, I prayed for the Holy Spirit to come down and be with us on our horseback ride; for Him to provide an opportunity to use me as a vessel-to give Him the glory; for Him to work in the hearts of this sweet couple, Frank and Ennis.
Not fifteen minutes later, we reached the point in the trail ride where we overlook the Teton Range, Jackson Lake and Buffalo Valley in the midst of blooming wildflowers. Ennis was blown away and you could the amazement all over her face. Frank, though a quiet man, was speechless.
In a gentle way I told them, “This beauty is a God-given gift for us to enjoy.” They shook their heads in agreement. This was the open door. This was the opportunity I had prayed for just moments earlier. This was the pivotal moment where I was then able to reveal to them God’s glory!
As we made our descent off the mountain, weaving in and out of trees, sharing stories and laughter, Ennis made many comments about the many illnesses and brokenness in Germany. She was saddened and the look on her face became forlorn. So I made a gesture of prayer and said, “Prayer brings healing. God is the ultimate healer for all”. Both Frank and Ennis nodded. Ennis said, “Prayer is Good?” And I replied, “YES!”
Tears welled up in my eyes as we made our final trek towards the bunkhouse and corrals. I thanked God for the “open door” and for using me to bless these people. I continued to pray for Frank and Ennis, for the entire nation of Germany and continent of Europe. I prayed for revival.
When we got to the bunkhouse, we took many pictures; all on Frank and Ennis’ camera of course (I know better for next time!) Ennis gave me the biggest, most grateful and meaningful hug. Frank followed with the same gesture. It’s that hug when you know you really showed something wonderful to someone; that feeling you get when you know Christ just worked miracles and God's glory was revealed.
I also found out, as they were getting ready to leave, that they come every year to America and stay at the lodge where we give trail rides. Never before have they ridden a horse, never before had they had someone give them the experience they had that day.
You, too, can be used by Christ to build faith in others. You, too, can show others God’s glory just in your everyday occupation. You, too, can pray for others as you do your job. You, too, can change the world with just one breath. Our Father’s armies are built with those who are willing to answer the call.
I pray the glory of the Lord be shown in you and through you always!