1235. Occurrence given to Raymond Aguilera on 19 February 1999.
This morning I decided to go and purchase the Airline tickets for the Europe mission trip, I was leaving on the 15th of March, even though I did not have the $3500 or so dollars for the Ukraine part of the trip. But my morning started with a telephone call from my mother. I tried to listen to her, but all that was on my mind was Europe. Then for some reason my mother asked me about the Europe trip. I have been trying not to speak to her about it for she does not want me to go. Well, she began by asking me, "What are you going to do if I or your father get sick or even die while you are gone?" Even though my mother deeply Loves the Lord, she does not believe that I do. Well, I said to her, I had to go because the Lord told me to go. This she totally did not understand. So I dropped the subject, for I did not want her to find out I was going without enough money for room and board or even food in Kiev, Ukraine. Well, this really set my mood for purchasing my European airline tickets.
After her call I did wonder if I was doing the right thing for my daughter was also going to have cancer surgery in the beginning of March. Then the scripture, Mat 10:34-41, came to my mind:
Mat 10:34 "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
Mat 10:35For I have come to turn "'a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law--
Mat 10:36a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.'
Mat 10:37"Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;
Mat 10:38and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
Mat 10:39Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Mat 10:40"He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me.
Mat 10:41Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man's reward.
Well, after remembering the scripture above I decided I had to proceed forward at all costs. So I decided to take a Bart train to San Francisco since I am going to have to get used to trains in Europe. So prayed for a reason for the Europe mission trip on the way to the city and the Lord gave me the scripture of Amos 3:3-7.
Amos 3:3 Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?
Amos 3:4Does a lion roar in the thicket when he has no prey? Does he growl in his den when he has caught nothing?
Amos 3:5Does a bird fall into a trap on the ground where no snare has been set? Does a trap spring up from the earth when there is nothing to catch?
Amos 3:6When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble? When disaster comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it?
Amos 3:7Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.
So I purchased the tickets and returned home and called Jerry Lukehart for he wanted go to a movie or doing something. So as I drove to Jerry's house I kept praying and wondering if I was still doing the right thing. All that kept going though my mind was, "Have you lost your mind Ray?" But my spirit kept the above scriptures in my heart. So I began ask myself, "Do I really love the Lord that much to go out on such a long limb?" And all that kept coming to my mind was the commitment I had given to the Lord ten or so years ago, about this prophecy stuff.
Well, Jerry and I found and watched a movie and went to get something to eat. We decided on the local Jack-in-the-Box, since we didn't have much money. After we finished eating, I began to tell Jerry about my mother and father on how they are so dedicated to the Lord, when this very strange looking person walked into restaurant. He proceed directly to me and said hello as if he knew me. He asked me how I was doing. I said I was doing OK. Then he left. Well I could sense Jerry was a little nervous. This man did not look like a normal type of street person you see in the streets. He was a tall black man wearing normal clothes, but what made him look so unusual was his hair. His hair was covered over or imbedded in some kind ceramic stone like material. Almost as if his head was placed inside a ceramic oven and his 90% ceramic (baker's dough looking) hair was made hard with 10% of his normal looking hair coming in and out of this ceramic looking stuff. As I watched him I kept wondering how did he get his hair into the solid looking material.
Well, he came out of the restroom and came directly to me again and asked how I was doing again, but this time he touched one of my foot which were out and on top of the bench and extending into the walkway. Then he walked back into the restroom again. Now I sensed Jerry was really getting nervous, so he got up and went to get a refill for his drink. I could sense this was a dark spiritual matter, but I did not know what to do. Jerry returned and he asked me what are we going to do. "Should we give him some money?" He asked! I said to him lets leave for this is a spiritual matter and I implied that this was not a money matter. So we left.
Well, Jerry and I decide to go to his house and watch some television or go to another movie later that night for it was still early. As I walked up Jerry's driveway, I suddenly felt ill. I told Jerry I had to use his restroom. So for about 45 minutes I was sick in the bathroom. Then I returned and Jerry and I watched some television and I went home.