On the 8th Day of Christmas . . .
A God Moment
Sometimes you drive a passenger for countless rides over the course of hundreds of days before you are blessed with a "God moment". Some of our passengers are very "hardened" to the Gospel and very resistant to receiving it's Good News.
That's the way it has been with her. She has been softening to us (the drivers) for a while now . . . . (We take her to work five days a week. We also take her to drop off her two boys at Day Care in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon.) . . . . but, she has not softened to Jesus, yet.
In such cases, our "method of evangelism" remains very simple. Just keep helping! Just keep getting them where they need to go! At the same time, PRAY for opportunity. Look for open doors!
Then, one day, when you least expect it, the door opens!!
Today, it opened!! Today a seed was planted . . . no longer dropped on the hard soil of stubborn human resistance. . . but planted! I saw it on her face! I heard it in her voice!
We had pulled into the DayCare and she had taken the boys inside. She's usually in there for a few minutes, so, I turned on the radio, while waiting for her to return.
On one of the Christian stations, they were telling the story of a highly trained Navy Seal who, six months ago, had volunteered for a mission. Some folks (civilian or military, I don't know . . . . I didn't hear that part) had been stranded on a hill and were surrounded and out numbered. Unless they were extracted by helicopter, they would surely all be killed.
This man didn't have to go. He had come to the place in his military career where he actually trained others in helicopter extraction and was no longer a member of an active extraction unit. But the situation was desperate and he felt that he was needed. He went, and the rescue was accomplished. But, eight Seals died on that hill that day, and he was one of them.
By the time our passenger returned to the van, they were interviewing the widow of this man. She told of how it was "so like him" to think of others before himself and how, though she missed him, he was a hero to her and to their children.
The rest of the way to work, we talked about the depth of that singular act of courage and sacrifice. She was deeply affected.
As we were talking, the "God Moment" came upon us - as unexpected and obvious as a warm breeze on a cold day. I felt it. Then the Holy Spirit gently spoke to my heart, and said , "Tell her, again. She will understand, right now, like never before. Tell her."
We had pulled into the parking lot of the restaurant where she works. Just before she left the van, I turned to her and said, "You know, that's what Jesus did for us. We were hopelessly surrounded with no way out. He didn't have to come on this mission. But he did, because he cares about us. He wanted to rescue us. And it cost Him his life."
Over the last 18 months, I (and others) have told her enough about Jesus that she knows what I am talking about.
Her eyes became reflective. Deep thought passed across her face. She slowly replied, "Yeah, I see what you mean." She closed the door and was gone, off to work!
Oh, it's sweet to be there watching when a seed goes deep! It's sweet to see our Lord Jesus, in that instant of understanding, catapulted in status, from "that man that you guys are always talking about" to what he really is, "a HERO who died for ME"!
A moment like that makes it all worthwhile! It makes your day and gives you strength to go on!
As I was driving (floating) away, I remembered the many drivers who are praying for her, every day. There is NO DOUBT that their efforts and their prayers opened this door, today!
What a blessing to see some of the fruit of all those prayers and all those efforts.
Lord, we thank You for this blessing. We thank You for the open door!
Please bless HER with MORE OF YOU!!
Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop--thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown."
(Mark 4:20 NIV)
"Always be a little kinder than necessary." - James M. Barrie
(First Written - Dec. 2005)