Open, Ready, Respectful Ears

She was mopping the floor. She was listening to the drive-through ear-phones. She was pouring my coffee at the counter. Pretty young attendant with a lively expression.

I was the only customer inside at such an early hour. I told her about the glorious movie I had just seen. Heaven Is For Real, based on the best-selling book of true experiences of a young Nebraska pastor’s family. A four year old son had almost died in surgery and had been given visions of heaven and Jesus and the saints.

The young lady perked right up and said that “she would have to go and see it”.

I went to my table with lap-top and she kept passing by with comments and pleasant exchange. Still no other customers. Thank you Holy Ghost!

I gave a very straight-forward explanation of salvation, of Jesus’ talk with Nicodemus, and of a loving God “cutting us lots of slack” and of the convincing influence of the Holy Spirit. The words just flowed. She told me about other “religious” family members who were insisting that she make it out to Church with her two kids. This was going to be a large challenge. We got into the difference between Churchianity and Christianity. She smiled as the concept hit home. Perhaps not the Jesus she had heard about to date.

Friends be on the look-out for opportunities. I speak often about being “surprised by ministry”. It’s just that easy when the Spirit sets it up for a searching heart.

Be gentle. Lots of eye contact. Be plain and straight in your language. Angels somewhere are singing.

Doug Blair, Waterloo, ON

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One thought on “Open, Ready, Respectful Ears

  1. Had an unexpected encounter yesterday myself…Glory be to God! (A.G.)

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