There was this woman at my job that I would like to describe as…well interesting. She would always make passive aggressive jokes and so you never knew if she was serious about the comments she made or not. Others have said she was not trustworthy, cliquish, and mean spirited. She was only really liked by a few but everyone else just tolerated her at best. However, she never treated me that way. I mean I did see her in action and people told me things. But to me, she always gave me a hug and said nice things to me. We weren’t buddies or anything. We more like friendly acquaintances passing by in the hallway on our way to do our daily tasks for the job. But she treated me different…at least I think she did. And maybe she was nice to me because I had nothing of value to her as far as the job was concerned and so she didn’t have to worry about competing with me. Either way, she was always nice to me.
A week before Christmas she and I were chatting it up after hours at the office along with two other people. It was late in the evening and everyone had mostly gone home or went Christmas shopping. I stayed behind because traffic was horrible and I wanted to wait it out at the office.
We were all talking about what we were going to do for Christmas and what we were going to buy for our friends and family. But then the subject changed. I don’t remember how but we began talking about my struggle to get a promotion. No matter what I did, no matter how many times I tried, I couldn’t get to the next level at this job. I was becoming frustrated because it seemed so simple to everyone else to get a promotion but not me. The others in the room seemed to be frustrated right along with me. Then completely out of nowhere the woman just says, “God’s got something big for you Tiana.” Everyone else was in agreement of what she’d just said because they probably thought she was talking about my success at this job. But, I was taken aback. It felt different to me.
Now, I’ve known this woman on the job for several years and I’d never heard her talk about God or even mentioned God in conversation. Of course in any work place its frowned upon and impossible to mention without offending someone. But we always find a way to find other christians on the job and talk about God with each other. I’ve also seen this woman in action with her passive aggressive humor and her gossiping and laughing at other people.
Now I know none of these things equates to her being a Christian or not. There are petty christians in this world. We all know a petty christian and sometimes we can also be petty christians for sure. But this woman, capable of all types of evils toward others, seemingly wasn’t God-like in her actions on the surface. Although I was taken aback by what she said, my spirit recognized the power in the words that she spoke.
This is how I know it was an encounter with God:
- God words are aligned with the holy spirit, the spirit that lives within us. Many people say things because its obligatory or it feels like the right thing to say after you’ve discussed your worries and troubles with them. But when someone says something that aligns with your spirit you feel it. Its like a ping in your heart or a warm swelling inside of you. If none of that is going on then it’s just words. They can still be encouraging but they’re just words.
- God uses all kinds of people to speak to you. Whoever he can get in your surroundings he will use for his purpose. Even the gossipy, passive aggressive woman at work.
- The following day I’m all smiling at her and giving her an extra big hug because of what she said and she act like she never even said it. She looking at me all crazy and wondering what the hell was wrong with me. I mean not a trace of anything that she said the previous day. She went right back to our same passerby relationship and right back to treating other people however she wanted.
That is how I know it was from God. It was a reminder that he still had bigger plans for me. It was a reminder to never give up on my dreams(or forget them altogether because of a job). It was a reminder to quit worrying about things that have nothing to do with my future.