I got my hair done the other day and as I went to leave, my hairdresser walked me out. Before we could reach the parking lot, the owner of the salon next door motioned for us to come see her.
As soon as I entered, she looked me straight in the eyes and said, "Holly, will you pray for my business and bless my new salon?"
There were women getting their hair done, so I replied with a little hesitation, "You want me to pray right now?"
"Yes! Right now!" She said with urgency!
I have to be honest, just because I am in ministry doesn't mean I don't get intimidated and caught off guard.
Yet, I have walked with the Lord long enough to know how He operates, and He usually works best when I take risk and step out of my comfort zone.
Just as I was about to begin, another woman pokes her head in (from outside) to ask a question. But instead of getting what she came for, she quietly sits down as if the Lord positioned her to receive in such a timely manner.
As I begin to open my mouth, I quickly learned that I was not there to "bless this business" but instead the Lord had each woman on His mind!
As I prayed, one by one God began to share things with me about each individual person in that room.
What I heard, I spoke. Which released His presence (love) in the room and each individual heart was fused together.
The things I shared could have only came from the Lord (Someone who knew them intimately) and the listener knew it.
It didn't matter that we were strangers. Hair, no longer was the focus. It was Him who was at the center of it all, which means everybody gets blessed (even His messenger).
For a brief moment in time, busy schedules were put on hold, curling irons were set down, walls began to crumble and strangers wept while sharing their secrets.
It didn't matter if you were "religious" or not! We ALL felt His presence and we all agreed that we had encountered Him!
Church doesn't only reside in a steeple, Church doesn't only take place on Sunday. We, the people, are His church and He meets us exactly where we are, even in a hair salon!