God and a Fortune Cookie, a Christian Story
By Bernhard Plockhorst (1825–1907)
God Reaches Out
God and a Fortune Cookie
There was a time when I felt completely alone.
I used to feel so alone and ignored that I would dream that I was at my own funeral and nobody could hear me because I was dead. I felt totally isolated no matter how many people were around me.
We all feel like that at times, don’t we?
I was raised in a Christian tradition, so those times of utter loneliness are particularly challenging because those are the times when I feel lonely for my God, like a lost child calling for a parent that just isn’t around. You know He is there for you, but you feel abandoned anyway.
It was during one of those times when I chose to console myself with an order of prayer and take-out Chinese food that God chose to reach out to me in an unusual way.
At the end of my meal, I opened my fortune cookie.
Now, Christian people are not supposed to read fortunes, but I was feeling abandoned anyway. So I chose to excuse myself by rationalizing that I was only in search of some lighthearted entertainment, and I told myself that it would be okay since I was not going to take it seriously.
I cracked open the cookie and read the little piece of paper inside. The message there took me totally by surprise.
“First, they ignore you. Then they attack you. And then you win.”
It has long been said that the Lord works in mysterious ways.
Reading a fortune cookie is not a very Christian thing to do. Yet, I am completely convinced that God not only knew I would read it, but that He also chose to use that particular cookie to reach out to me when I really needed him.
I was reminded in that moment that there is someone in my life that loved me enough to endure torture and death just so that I would never have to feel alone again. He bled for my salvation, and because of that I am reunited with my spiritual Father. The message in that fortune cookie expressed the story of a Christian walk through this life.
First, they ignore us. Before we accept Jesus, we are pretty much alone. There is no reason for the powers of this world to be interested in us, because without Christ they own us already. It is impossible to belong to both the prince of darkness and the prince of light at the same time, so the devils and demons toy with us a little less. After all, we can screw up fine on our own.
But when we find Jesus, we find love and peace. We gain back our right to join the angels and saints in a heavenly host of beloved and protected children of Our Father.
Then, they attack us. It is very often that the spiritual attacks begin when our Christian walk begins. Satan and his minions do not want us to win our places in heaven, which is something that they have lost and can never have again. They will tempt us with our own desires, frustrate us with troubles large and small every day, and do whatever they can to try to deceive us into falling by the wayside.
And then we win. As soon as we accept our life in Christ, we are on the road to salvation. And as long as we remain faithful we can never lose. Even if the devil manages to take our life from us, we still win, because we are on the road to eternal life in a place of love.
I am reminded of the passage in Romans 8: 38-39. It says:
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (ESV)
This is a true story. It may not be an earth-shaking testimony, but that’s OK. It is just as easy to find God in little things as in huge world events.
I wanted to share this story with you because it can apply to you, too. You do not need to feel alone. The phenomenal love of Jesus is available to everyone. All you have to do is to choose it. When you seek Jesus, you will find Him. And then you win.
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