Yesterday was a very interesting day for me. My family and I woke early so we could make a 2 1/2 hr drive north to catch a train. Not just any train but a ‘children’s wish foundation’ train ride. This is something my husband has wanted to do his whole life but never had the opportunity to do so until yesterday. With the money going towards such a good cause how could we refuse?
We had invited a couple that we knew and them and their two boys met up at the train station for a fascinating ride. Now I, being a pretty active person, was fussing inside wondering how I was going to survive hours and hours of sitting down on a train and then bus being bored out of my mind. God, through, had other plans!
The couple we traveled with are friends that I haven't had much contact with for over 3 years and before that it was very sporadic, chit chat during the hour our kids did Taekwondo together. Darling, name changed, and I started talking and as it turned out we talked from the moment we sat down on the train til the moment we got off the bus back at our starting destination.
Darling is not a Christian but a non practicing Jew by birth. She is sweet, vivacious and eager to learn new things and would give the shirt off of her back if she saw that you were cold and in need. I knew from other friends that Darling was attending a woman's Bible study so I thought I would ask her how it was going. That was a question that led into witnessing about Jesus and the end times that we are now living in. I thought it was pretty neat how God set this whole thing up on a moving train. Made me think about how we move through life twisting and turning going through tunnels and climbing mountains. Riding along either letting life and opportunities pass us or observe, learn and grow.
As I started witnessing to Darling about Jesus being the Messiah and telling her about all the weird things happening in this world, I could see a spark develop and grow right before my very eyes. The opening up of a Jewish gem, a deep knowing inside of her that what I was telling her was truth. I watched her spirit come alive and a deep thirst for Jesus and the Truth, grow. I am amazed at how God works, you see I didn't want to go on this train ride and almost missed it but because of my son's persistence in me coming along, I went. If I had stayed home Darling and I wouldn't have had this talk. We parted ways with her wanting to find a Bible study about Biblical prophecy and finding her true roots in Jesus Christ.
Praise God! How He works astounds me time and time again. If we are just willing to be free and talk openly and honestly about Jesus, we will be surprised to see how the Holy Spirit works. I am praying for Darling and her husband Gazelle. You see Gazelle is not a believer but a hard shell man who I noticed was listening in on our conversation with eager ears. I can see his shell cracking and I know the Holy Spirit is moving in.
Step out and speak freely about Jesus and embrace the opportunities that are set before you even if they seem dull and boring I guarantee you will not be disappointed that you did.
Timothy 6 11:16 NIV
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.