My Encounter With God This Monday Morning – His Solution For Racial Tension!


2016 (7-11-2016) His-love-breaks-chains

And we are those human beings who can see beyond color, think beyond race and Love without boundaries. 

“If we can learn to be led by the Holy Spirit in our everyday lives, in everything that we do…then everything we do is going to be full of life, it’s going to have an anointing on it. When God’s approval is on something, it’s so much better than when you’re trying to push something in the flesh, trying to make something happen because you had a plan in your mind.” -Joyce Meyer

I awoke this Monday morning knowing that it was my water aerobics class at the YMCA in only a few hours so I’d better get up, get dressed and get my attitude straight about driving clear across town to the “Y.” I NEEDED to be in attendance in that pool class and I knew it. It was what I thought would be the beginning of another typical day to a brand new week so the hours in my day needed to be carefully planned. Or, so I thought.

As I sped out of the driveway and out of our community with my gym bag thrown in the backseat of the car, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart in such a way that there was no denying it was Him. I kept clearly hearing His voice so specifically saying, “Go to Michael’s Craft Store in Conyers.” Of course, I tried talking myself out of what I was hearing. Sometimes, we try to talk ourselves out of what we are sensing and hearing from the Lord. I always want to make sure it’s the voice of God and not my own thoughts trying to lead me astray. I had other plans for my morning and going to Michael’s thirty minutes away from my house was definitely not on the agenda for today. However; the impression on my heart became so strong and so undeniable that there was nothing I could do but be obedient. So, I trusted whatever the reason I was to be in Michael’s in Conyers would be revealed once I arrived. I wanted to be obedient and trust the Lord. Perhaps, He wanted to teach me something once again in this Faith walk I’ve had for nearly forty years now. I knew that if God wanted to bless me or someone else through me the only way this would happen today was to be obedient to that still small voice that kept whispering in my heart and letting me know where I needed to be.

2016 (7-11-2017) It's the job of God for peopleAfter driving thirty minutes to Michael’s Craft Store, I’m wondering what on earth am I doing in this place as I strolled up and down the aisles. There wasn’t one thing in this store that I needed. The place had only been open for about fifteen minutes with only a handful of customers visible. I was just about to leave when I saw some brightly colored jewelry from the corner of my eye. I ventured over to the back aisle in the corner of the store to admire all the beautiful bracelets and kept thinking, “There is absolutely nothing I need so why am I here? “Did I mistake your voice this morning to my heart Holy Spirit?” All of a sudden a beautiful soft spoken middle aged African American lady that I’ve never seen before looked up at me and started complimenting the way I was dressed and the color of my hair.  There was something about her countenance, the way she spoke and her kind loving spirit that caught my attention and drew me towards her. I stopped and quickly thanked her to let her know the kind words had just made my day. She smiled and her eyes lightened up as she looked in my eyes and said, “We Are Not Divided.At that instant I looked in her face overcome with compassion as my eyes flooded with tears and replied, “ Oh No, we are not divided.” The voice of the Holy Spirit once again spoke to me and said, “Ask her if you can hug her and I will bring the healing that is needed.” Wow, Did He Ever! Here we were strangers in a Craft store but yet we both knew we were family. And, we both knew what God’s love was all about. Here we were … two different races, backgrounds, and upbringings but we knew we were ONE. We both held each other tightly for what seemed like endless time as the tears streamed down our faces. I spoke the words of life, hope and love over her life and let her know that we are indeed family even though our skins are of a different color. I shared we are both part of God’s family and His intention has been and always will be one of unity among the races and HIS desire that we live our lives in love towards one another.

What an experience for me and for this lady whom I probably will never see again. As we held one another she began to pray a blessing over my life and for my well being. She spoke prophetically over me in her prayer and I knew it. I told her I would make sure this encounter would be shared with others and that’s what I’m doing in writing this posting.

I can always recognize a God Encounter and a Divine Appointment. This morning was a “Divine Set Up” by God Himself. It was all part of the plan to bring healing to a people where the enemy so desires to divide a nation.

2016 (7-11-2016) RacesThe solution is Christ in us wherever we find ourselves. This is how we sit at the table of brotherhood and sisterhood. I am reminded of an exhortation given this past Sunday morning by Dr. David Cooper at Mt. Paran Church in Atlanta. He said, “We have to live above the chaos of life and model the higher way.” So, I choose both!


Sheila Rhodes

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The greatest destiny and purpose for me is serving God with ALL my heart, soul and being! My personal relationship with the Lord brings such LIFE as He speaks to me, opens doors of ministry opportunities, and gives me insight into the hearts of others who need a word of encouragement spoken just at the right time.
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2 Responses to My Encounter With God This Monday Morning – His Solution For Racial Tension!

  1. Wow Shelia, what our powerful story. We are called to love and we are not divided. Sadly our media only focuses on the negative.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hello Pastor Jon and “Thank You” for taking the time to read the posting and to write me personally. Your words really encouraged me. You are so right in saying we are called to love and not to be divided. I still marvel at how the Holy Spirit orchestrated such a Supernatural encounter yesterday morning at Michael’s in Conyers. One thing in life I’ve learned…you can never BOX GOD IN ~ He’s certainly a God of surprises and yesterday was indeed just that…a Supernatural Surprise!

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