It’s All Right Here6
I was on time…actually, running early for work the other day, so I decided to stop at a gas station and get a drink. I had just enough time to get in, pay, get out and still get to work with time to spare. Everything was going according to plan when I stepped out the door, started walking to my car and saw a girl that I grew up with.
I said hi hoping that that would be sufficient, but knowing that it probably wouldn’t be. Ten minutes later I walked into work never happier to be late. Keep in mind I don’t love being habitually late to work. It’s one of my traits that I despise. I really am trying to work on it, though. The problem is, I’m only late to work. Go figure.
Anyway, our conversation went as follows:
Her: Hey! How are you?
Me: I’m good. How about yourself?
Her: (Pause) ::HUGE smile:: I finally got baptized!
As the conversation went on, she told me of her experience. It seemed as though she had been having a rough day. She told her husband to go take the kids somewhere and just leave her alone for a while. She said, “I walked over and picked up my Bible. I didn’t know what I was looking for, but I knew that I would find the answers I needed in there. I held it up and hugged it against my chest and just started crying. I didn’t even have to open it to get the peace I was looking for.”
Standing there with tears in my eyes so happy for her all I could think was that I almost missed this. I was in a hurry to be on time, and if I had done what I really wanted to do, which was just say hey and go my own way, I would have missed it. She had Jesus shining out of her ears, and I would have missed it.
Another thing that struck me is that she said she found what she was looking for just by going and picking up the Bible. That may seem a little ridiculous. I can understand that. Picking up a book and finding peace? Crazy, right? But then I guess raising from the dead after three days is, too.
All I’m really trying to say today is that I serve a big God. And my God can heal the sick, feed the hungry and comfort the hurting. He brought dead men to life just by speaking words, and I don’t have time to go pick up my Bible and read a few chapters?
What blessings and lessons am I missing because I’m too busy? What stories and what relationships have I put on the back burner because I’ve got another appointment or I have to be somewhere else…or just don’t have time? Who in need have I not seen because I was talking on my phone through Wal-Mart in order to have an excuse not to talk to people?
My God is a big and powerful God. He’s going to get my attention and slow me down one way or another. I’d hope He’d find me seeking Him rather than ignoring His people.