2 a : strong excitement of feeling : ardor
Meanwhile in my (Cierra) group!...
Our group consisted of AJ, Nicole, Emma M and I. Our first encounter found us in the Banana Republic store because of a location clue on Emma's "treasure map". After not finding anyone in the store that matched our list we were asked if we needed any help from a store employee. After explaining our treasure hunt he seemed almost disappointed that he wasn't on the list. We still had the opportunity to pray for him and bless him before moving on to the rest of the night.
Next we met a guy in the music section of Borders who, after talking to him, told us he had discomfort in his wrist, which was on my "map". We prayed for healing in his wrist and that the pain would leave. After praying, we wondered down to the cafe section of Borders and ran into the "wrist guy" again who indicated we should talk to the woman behind the counter.
She showed interest in what we were doing and was open to our desire to pray for her. Emma M prayed for her upcoming tests and college in general. She stated an interest in checking out Grace Chapel this coming summer after discovering that we knew a friend of hers that attends there as well. By this point we had eyed a guy in the corner of the cafe wearing a pinstriped shirt, which was on my list.
Nicole and I approached him and were greeted with openness as we explained our lists and what we were doing. He identified with "frog" on Nicole's list and explained that he lives near a park where he can hear frogs every night. We discovered that he is actually a neighbor of mine and Jason's! Whoa! He said we could pray for his upcoming job change, so we did and he seemed blessed.
At this point AJ was pretty set on finding the person on his list who would be wearing a blue (maybe black...) shirt, jeans and a large belt buckle as we walked through the Container Store. We spotted a potential "treasure" with a particularly large belt buckle and I sent AJ and Nicole to talk to him once he was off his cell phone. Emma and I approached a middle aged woman elsewhere in the store. Emma graciously explained what we were doing and after identifying with clues on both our lists, opened up to share that her father was currently in the hospital with Leukemia and not expected to live very much longer. We prayed for her dad and their whole family situation, asking that God would bring her peace, comfort and show her love in the midst of this trial. With tears in her eyes she thanked us with a hug and shared how perfect the timing was.
AJ and Nicole lost their "suspect" as he couldn't get reception on his phone and hurriedly left the store. However, outside the store the four of us ran into a couple with a guy who had on blue jeans, a blue jacket and a large belt buckle. Although they didn't have any specific prayer requests after we explained our mission we ended up just praying a prayer of blessing and moved on. It seemed like we planted a seed of hope even though they didn't really outwardly respond.
Our final encounter of the night was an exciting one!
We ran into three women and handed our "treasure map" cards to them to see if they identified with anything there. Amazingly, they seemed to relate to the majority of our clues and one lady was even ok with us praying for her broken toes and her messed up knee. The women felt a little bit awkward after I asked how her knee and toes were feeling, as if somehow I had "failed" with my prayer of healing. I went on to explain that my role was not to heal but simply to ask for healing in the name of Jesus and even to expect it. I told them that God loves them very much and it wasn't a coincidence that we had run into them that night.
When you are a fanatical lover of Jesus and His people, the Holy Spirit loves to reveal the Fathers heart to seek out the lost and broken...even if we are too broken to seek Him first.