He works on us in all sorts of ways: not only through what we think is our "religious life." He works through Nature, through our own bodies, through books, -sometimes through experiences which seem (at the time) anti-Christian. But above all, He works on us through each other." - C.S Lewis
Isn't it amazing that we meet people who came from different sides of the world and help us in our faith walk? Isn't amazing to connect to them because we share the same love for Him? I think that's the beauty of knowing Jesus. There would be people who will come into our lives purposely to help us to know Him more. God works on us through each other.
Maybe your gift is answered prayer to someone else.
I remember when we were on Mission trips, I met different men and women. We were not even close back then. Maybe because I was still young and new to the mission field. I was the usual me- quiet, observant, and just doing what I was supposed to do there. I could see that they are firm in their faith and walk what they preach. I am amazed at how God works in their lives, their lives are blessing and help me from my faith walk.
I've never met like them before. I usually get shy whenever I conversed with them at first, but their presence is so calming and not intimidating. I can see Jesus in their lives and it makes me want to know Him more because He is true to these people. Even though we didn't meet or talked for a long time, it always seem that we knew each other. They are the ones whom I asked for advice when I needed it, they were just great men and women that I look up to. Their gifts help me in my spiritual journey. I am just blessed to know these people who have been through a lot in their lives but still using their lives to serve God and others.
And I realized, I also need to get out of my comfort zone like them and share my life to serve Him and others. I used not to involve myself or expose myself to others whom I don't know. But I realized how would I share the love of God if I'm keeping it for myself. So I tried to write what He has done in my life through poetry and publish them on different platforms. God works mightily and purposely. I prayed that those writings will just travel into spaces it needed the most and I believe God touches hearts.
I was surprised when someone messaged me about my write-ups. I think she just felt the same when I experienced it and we just have a short conversation. It's so cool that we can converse about the goodness of God even though we don't know each other. I found writing so fascinating that it can travel into different spaces and touch the hearts of other people. I am grateful and still shy whenever someone messages and searches for me just to say kind words, telling me that my writings have reached them. It is God who works mightily. It's His grace that enables me to write.
At times, I'm still afraid to show up but when I realized that life is not all about me but all about Jesus; all my fears suddenly fade and my faith and love for Him rise above because there is no fear in love. It's so amazing how God connects each of us and gives us the courage to do the things we're afraid to do. It's all for His glory.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.1 John 4:18, New International Version