Be Ready In and Out of Season

By Patty Schmid

I climbed aboard the city bus heading downtown to St Paul for my dental appointment. Soon after I took my seat, I had the feeling that Jesus wanted me to share my faith. I had recently learned how to share my personal testimony in two or three minutes, and then share the gospel message just as briefly, I had even done it a few times, so I had an idea what I could say, but with whom? No one was right next to me so I looked around me and silently prayed, “Lord, is it the young lady across from me? Is it the woman in the seat behind me?”

I was a bit taken aback by the Lord’s quiet answer, “I want you to stand up and share with everyone.”

“Lord,” I argued, “Really? I’ve never done that before.” While I waited a few minutes, wrestling with my feelings, several more people got on the bus, and the urge to share only got stronger. “What if people don’t like it? What if the driver tells me to be quiet, or to get off?” I thought.  “Is this really you, God?” I prayed.

“Who else would it be?” came the answer. This made me smile, of course! I knew it wasn’t the devil. So I stood up and took a few steps toward the middle of the bus and spoke loudly so that all of the 30 or more people could hear me.

“I have something to share with you all. I’m 61 years old now,” I started, “but when I was 16, I was looking for meaning to my life like many young people do…” Everyone stared at me in stunned silence. No one said a word. One young man kept taking the earbud out of one ear to listen, then putting it back in.   I finished my little story of how I found Christ and how my life has changed, then I began telling the good news. The driver sent me a disapproving look in his rearview mirror. “Some of you may think I shouldn’t be talking like this, and maybe the driver doesn’t like it either, but I was on the bus one day when a woman was cursing and yelling for several minutes, and the driver said nothing. I think I should be able to say something good.” Several people nodded slightly in agreement and I went on, “I’ve never done this before, but I felt so strongly that I should share it, so I’m sure someone on this bus really needs to hear this. God loves each one of you very much and wants everything to go well with you.” Just then a young woman stood up to get off at her stop, and as she passed me, she handed me a dollar bill. It surprised me, but I just smiled and said “Thank you!” then I continued speaking, “The problem is that we all make bad decisions that cause bad consequences and make us feel like we can’t come close to God.” I told about God’s solution, how he sent Jesus to pay for our bad decisions and made it possible for us to have a relationship with God. I told them about the decision we all need to make.

When I finished, I didn’t think to lead them in a salvation prayer, but I remembered a little book I had with me, with scriptures and helpful comments.  I told them how good the book was, and asked if anyone wanted it. I made eye contact with several people, but no one took it. There was one young man close to where I was standing who had listened intently to all that I said. I looked at him and said, “You want it don’t you?” He nodded, and took the book. Then I sat down.

I talked a little with the woman next to me, then it was time for me to get off. A lady got off with me and then said, “I agree with everything you were saying.”

That encouraged me. As a matter of fact, I was very excited about what just happened. 30 people just heard the good news! In the three blocks that I had to walk to the dentist’s office, I spoke to four more people. I’ll tell you about one of them. As I walked a woman approached me, “Excuse me, could you give me 35cents for the train?”

I smiled broadly, “Do you know what? Someone just gave me a dollar. I think this is for you.” I pulled the dollar out of my pocket and handed it to her.

“Someone gave you a dollar?” she asked incredulously.

I explained briefly, and suggested I walk with her to the train stop.

“Okay but I have to walk slowly because of my knee,” she said.

“Oh, I’m a director of Healing Rooms,” I said. “We pray for people and see miracles all the time. I would love to pray for you.”

We stopped right there and she allowed me to lay my hand on her knee while I commanded healing in Jesus name. “Now check it out!” I said.

She moved her leg around and I could see by the astonishment in her face that her knee was healed! “It’s better!” She exclaimed.

I want to encourage everyone to be bold and step out and follow Paul’s advice to Timothy: “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season… do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” (II Timothy 4:2,5)

Patty and her husband John were called as missionaries to Mexico in 1998. They were on the field full-time from 2000 to 2006. Since 2006, their ministry has been more focused on healing which includes inner healing and deliverance. They are directors of Healing Rooms in the USA and have received certification for inner healing ministry. They spend six months of the year in Mexico working with Healing Rooms there. They are involved in the training and encouragement of prospective missionaries both in Mexico and the USA. Patty has authored a book called Sweetness and Light. John has authored Exploring the Father’s Heart: Love in Action, the first book of a series.

3 Comments on “Be Ready In and Out of Season

  1. Patty, I’ve read it before; but I just read it again. That is so encouraging. Thank you for giving us an example to emulate. You are a joy to the Lord and to us who know you. I pray He will continue to give you mandates and the grace to obey them. Much love to you, Mary Nell.

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