God sent a cleaner
Pastor Lee McClelland of The Ark Church, Belfast recently contracted Covid-19 and was in a critical condition in hospital. He describes below what happened next:
I remember one night in the hospital when I honestly didn't know whether I would make it or not. I thought I was moments away from ending up on a ventilator. The nurses and the doctors had helped me with all sorts of things and got drips up and and all that they needed to do. I remember really crying to the Lord and asking him to help me and somehow encourage my heart and strengthen me.
I remember the next day, I'd had a night from hell. I'm in an isolation ward and no-one, friends or family, can get in. All of a sudden this cleaner came in. He was like a ray of sunshine and he began to chat to me. He asked me how I was and talked to me about about hanging in there. He said that he was a missionary in Nigeria for 14 years and how God had saved many many souls through his ministry. God had used him over the years to reach people and here he is, as a cleaner, encouraging my heart. He's telling me about souls and the love of Jesus. Just this last couple of years he had found himself back home in Northern Ireland.
When God needs to reach you, he knows exactly who is the right person. In that moment of time, it was a cleaner. No one else could get in and God sent a cleaner.
As he stood at the door to leave, he says, "Son, can I pray for you?". I said, "Absolutely!". He began to pray at the door and asked the Holy Spirit to visit me, heal my body and touch my lungs He pleaded with God Almighty to spare my life and continue to use me and then he left.
That night, I remember, I started to turn around.
Later in my stay, I began to crave a packet of prawn cocktail crisps. It was so bad, I prayed Lord, is it possible that you could get me a packet of prawn cocktail crisps and a can of Coke? The next morning, the cleaner appeared and brought in a bag and in that bag were two oranges, a can of Coke and a packet of prawn cocktail crisps.
Don't tell me that God doesn't know our every need. He knows every desire. The cleaner just passed the bag through the door - he couldn't come in. He just says, "it's a gift of the Lord.".
I want to encourage you today that God knows what you have need of. Your heart's desire. God sent a cleaner to reach me. Never underestimate how God can use your life. Never underestimate what God can do with you - no matter your title, no matter your position in society. God can use you to reach people.
For those that are saved, keep your eyes on Jesus. For you that do not know Jesus Christ, I would encourage you lift up your eyes and look to heaven and with a cry from your heart say, "God be merciful to me a sinner.". And go home justified - just as if you have never sinned.
May God bless you and may you know the love of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen
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Geoff Knott, 01/05/2020