“Go down to the potter’s house.” (Jer. 18:2)

SOMETIMES WE HEAR GOD speaking in places we least expect to hear Him. Jeremiah heard God in the potter’s house. I heard Him in Inner Mongolia.

I had taken ten university students with me to serve in Inner Mongolia. For housing, we stayed in a yurt, a type of tent that is easy to take apart, transport, and reconstruct. This traditional portable habitation consists of a wooden frame and felt walls and is ideal for a nomadic culture. During the first few days of our visit, torrential rains met us every hour of the day, causing the felt lining of the yurt to be soaked. Constant drippings on the inside drenched our belongings and beds. Due to these conditions, I became sick. Students later told me that I was hallucinating and saying crazy things.

For three days I stayed in bed, feeling miserable. One member of the team, a nursing student, became concerned when my fever climbed to a dangerous level. With no doctors around and no hospital to take me to, she was alarmed. During a moment of lucidness, I cried out to God, “Lord, I feel as though I am not going to make it! Help me!” And there, in Inner Mongolia, I heard God say to me, “Jim, I am with you. You will be fine!” That afternoon, in a traditional Mongolian yurt, my fever broke.

Be available so that God can speak to you anywhere, anytime.

Jim “Umf” Lo is the coauthor of Unholiness: Overcoming the Forces That Attack Your Soul (WPH).

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