It was a cold and snowy February night in Washington, Iowa. I remember it well because I didn't pack for the weather and I remember being disappointed in myself. It was a packed house at Faith Baptist Church's Wildgame Dinner. We had a great meal and great fellowship downstairs and we all headed upstairs to the sanctuary where I was to share. The spirit moved in a mighty way and we had 36 men indicate they made a decision to follow Christ.
During the invitation men were moving and praying for one another and a gentleman in his early 70's made his way down the aisle to me. He had a long white ponytail and ear rings (I honestly thought Willie Nelson was walking down the aisle for a second). When he got to me he was crying and he said "I gave my life to Jesus tonight." I said, "that's awesome man!" He looked at me with a confused look and said "The thing is, I'm not suppose to be here. You see, I live about 40 miles from here. My wife has been sick and hasn't been able to work so I have been hauling fire wood to make some extra money and I was bring a brick to a man tonight and my truck broke down right outside that window" Turning and pointing to the stained glass window on the side of the sanctuary. "I saw the lights on in the church so I walked up the stairs looking for some help. I walked up to a man and told him my situation and asked if he knew a mechanic. He said, well I'm a mechanic! He told me about the wild game dinner and said give me your keys and I will look at your truck, go make a plate and then head upstairs to the sanctuary. I did just that and now I'm standing in front of you and you can see that I'm not suppose to be here."
I looked him right in the eyes and said "I'm sorry sir but you were suppose to be here, matter of fact tonight was a divine appointment. God has been chasing you and pursuing you my friend and that chase ends tonight." I was able to pray over him and encourage him and it was a moment in ministry that I will never forget!
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Author Brad Clay is the host of Final Descent Outdoors and a licensed and ordained minister in Oklahoma. Brad served for 12yrs in vocational ministry before stepping out to do full time outdoor ministry in 2013. Brad resides in Edmond, OK and is married with four children.