Some find it awkward to tell others about their faith walk with Jesus. I understand. I have been like that for years. Something I discovered recently is that maybe I was trying to talk to the wrong people. Maybe I was trying to talk to the people that I wanted to talk with, not the ones God wanted to use me to converse with. Maybe I was talking to those without “ears”.
I went to Walmart recently. Sitting on a park bench in front was a guy wearing a tan, cutoffs, t-shirt and a great smile. As I walked by, he looked up and smiled at me. I thought, “probably gay and kept walking”. The funny thing is he was probably dressed exactly as I would be, had I been sitting on a park bench. Then, you could have thought the same thing about me. Pretty shallow of me, right? But that is not the point…
This guy’s smile was an open invitation to communicate and the bench was wide enough for both of us. I wish I had stopped and asked him, “Why the smile?” Chatting about God may have followed. I will never know.
I did my business in Walmart. Walked out and past the same guy, still smiling and then I began thinking. God, is this the guy for me to talk to? It became an issue of obedience for me and I turned around to go back. He was gone.
Maybe next time, I won’t be quite so dense…. another missed opportunity.