Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Produce Man

It was an unusually calm and restful day around here, and yet productive at the same time. This is a rare balance. Thank you, Lord.

One special moment of the day - having the chance to point someone to Jesus. The produce man at the grocery store is always very friendly and today he asked me how I got away with NO children in tow. We chatted a bit over the russet potatoes he was stacking, and he mentioned his own children. That's when I remembered he often speaks of his family, far and near, and obviously he takes great pains to stay in touch with them.

The the Spirit gave me that feeling that I should say something...bold. Okay, Lord, You're going to have to give me words! He did. This is what came out of my mouth: "So, it sounds like you really work hard to keep close with your family!" He agreed, then went on to tell how he warns his adult children to stay close to family, because in the end, it is family who will be there for you.

I agreed with him regarding the importance of family, then I told him there is Someone even better - how I've found that I can trust Jesus to never leave me, to always be faithful to me. And that was that. I did not share the Gospel, by any stretch, but my prayer is that this was a little bridge into talking more about Christ on other days. Also, I'm praying it was something to turn his mind toward Jesus.

My heart did pound and it's not something that comes naturally to my personality to engage this way, but how I pray that God will grow me (and you!) into more and more of an evangelist so that others may know that God has reached out to them in love and that they need a Savior.

In his book, Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper says, "If you don't point people to God for everlasting joy, you don't love. You waste your life." Quite a sobering and exciting challenge, isn't it?

1-The bee was so into the bluebonnet that he stood still long enough for me to snap this and not be stung.
2-Wildflower in the windowsill with the kids' paintbrushes behind

1 comment:

  1. Sobering, yes, and challenging. I really good at loving myself more than God and others, but that's not real love at all.

    Praise God for His prompting and your obedience.

    I'm happy that you had a rare, balanced day. Still praying for you all.

    Nice shots! Love them both.