Rev. Sudha Mehta©
When the phone rang, my first impulse was to ignore. A glance at the ID number told me I did not know the person, yet I was somewhat intrigued in the moment. It was an Indian name. Not a name I knew, but it was Indian. Although I felt certain it would be some silly telemarketer, and that I would regret answering, I did it anyway.
“Hello . . . ”
“Baby Didi?” said the voice on the other side.
No one calls me that in the US! Even my family doesn’t call me that! It’s been decades since anyone has called me “Baby,” that had been my nickname growing up and was reserved for family. “Didi” means big sister. Baby . . . Didi . . . an oxymoron, but my kid sister and younger cousins called me just that. That was decades ago and the person on the phone was not one of them.
“Who is this?” I asked.
“Baby Didi, it is Nanhi!”
“Who?”, my mind was trying torecall.
“I am Nanhi, My family lived next door to your parents in India. Remember me . . . ? You have to help me! I really need your help. I think I am going crazy! People say I have gone mad! I was so beside myself, I prayed, then I heard a loud voice that said “Call Baby!” I know you are the only one that has the answer! I have to talk with you!!”
“Huh??!!” I was trying to make sense as she spoke in a desperate and agitated tone as if she had reached her wit’s end.
“Who told you to call me?, A voice??”
“I think it was Jesus! I don’t know, I was in the temple, and I heard it. It was strong and loud, I had to get out of there.”
“Where are you calling from?”
She said she was in the US but on the other coast. “You have to help me, Baby Didi, am I crazy?” Desperation and relief were in her voice.
“You heard Jesus tell you to call me when you were in your temple?!” now I was really intrigued and excited! “How did you get the number?” My brain was also beginning to connect.
She had gone through a lot of trouble to find me, for she had no idea where I lived. Now she was still on the other coast, so there no chance of meeting her in person, the phone would have to do.
“I can help you, I think I know why Jesus would tell you to call me.”
As I listened to her rapid speech, my brain was working on putting it together, and I was praying for wisdom. She shared her story of hard times and heart break. Her anguished soul had led her to several gods in her search for answers and help.
I now remembered who she was. I met her when she was eleven years old. She was a sweet kid in my parents neighborhood who loved babies. I had one. There was no deep conversation, she would come visit with my little kids. I was visiting my parents in India. They were now living in a different neighborhood than the one I grew up in.
She knew nothing of me then but that I had recently converted to Christ, and that I was in a crisis due to this. She overheard that in some adult conversations.
Thirty eight years later when she was in real trouble, she heard a voice!
Intensely religious, she was very involved in her temple. she also was very active in the Indian community in her town.
As a Minister and a counselor I listened but this was all very long distance. Nevertheless, I did work with her as the Lord led. Her thirst for peace was finally quenched when she received Christ into her heart.
Over the days, weeks, months and now years, she has not only received Christ as her personal Savior, but has shown lovely growth in Him. Her deep love for Him is evident in all she says and does. Her life reflects Him beautifully and I know she is completely devoted to Him.
Gone are the days of feeling mad, alone and lost. She walks with her head held high and is loved and respected in her community as well.
We have visited each other in person and I dare say, she has become a spiritual daughter to me.
When I reflect on this, I marvel at how the Lord works. Thirty Eight years. A child with whom I had no meaningful connection. She only knew I had recently found Christ. No contact for all the years leading up to this phone call!
He knew someday this girl would be in need of a person to lead her to Him, He knew I would be the connection. I can’t even say I had ever prayed for her! He knew her heart. He knew in all her religiosity her search for God was sincere. She too was looking for the True God like Cornelius in the Bible, but in all the ways she searched she couldn’t find Him.
I marvel that I chose to answer the phone on that day, and that I almost didn’t!
Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way. (AKJV)
2 Peter 3: 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (AKJV)
How God works seems to be a mystery in so many ways, but is it?
There is no such thing as a co-incident or accident, every incident is a God-incident. If we live our lives in close fellowship with Him, He is able to direct our path.
Prov. 3: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.(AKJV)
He would like us to watch our walk, watch our behavior. I was too young in Christ at the time to know much. In fact my life was in crisis at the time due to my conversion. Yet, she saw something. She retained something that opened a door when she herself was in crisis. We may not be aware, but something we do or say may impact a person for life. The other person may not even be aware, but God will bring to remembrance something they hear or see in us at the time when it is most needed. I marvel at the wisdom of God! praise be to Him.
Psalm 106:1 Praise you the LORD. O give thanks to the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever. (AKJV)
Are you praying for someone? Have you given up on someone you love? Do you feel discouraged that they may never know Christ? Is it a son or a daughter? A prodigal?
Remember when I had given up on my daddy because he was not even lucid due to Parkinson’s —- God met him, Spirit to spirit, and gave me confirmation more than once as to his salvation.
Perhaps it is time for you to rethink where you stand in faith!
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