While shopping early for Christmas, one could see the signs of new COVID-19 restrictions. We saw carts loaded with toilet paper, paper towels, meat… it looked as if people are preparing for another “crisis”.
In the midst of down pouring rain, face masks, and irritable customers, my heart began to ache. I couldn’t help but wonder how many of these folk believed in Jesus. Every cart that I passed was pushed by a soul heading for eternity…but where? Although I find it hard to converse while donning a face mask, I was willing. “How can I be a light for You today, Lord?” I prayed.
One gentleman sitting on an electric cart spoke to me. I thought perhaps I could speak truth about Jesus to him. As I turned toward him, he pointed to his mask, which read “Deaf”. Interesting… here I was ready to speak boldly for the Lord, and I get the poor soul who can’t hear. Millions, although they have no hearing issues, are deaf.
How do I handle the deep ache inside for these people that don’t understand, or choose not to listen? I know that Jesus is returning soon. I want so many more to come to Him! What’s my role? Then I read in the Word how to live in the last days.
“Therefore, beloved… be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless…” 2 Peter 3:14
“And now little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.” 1 John 2:28
This is my role as I await His coming. “Abide in Him”. When I abide, I am sensitive to my Shepherd’s voice. He may direct me to speak to someone boldly or He may have me silently pray for that person. Bottom line, “abide in Him.” Stay close to Him. Speak to Him often. Wait for Him.