ONE HIT WONDERSFebruary 28, 2010
Colossians 3:17 “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”
Last Wednesday, February 24, was the first time in two weeks that an opportunity to get into the streets was manifest. It wasn’t for a lack of desire or trying; rather it was the result of one distraction after another. Things to do and obligations which cannot be neglected, but are of no ” apparent” eternal significance. (The word “apparent” is used because from our limited viewpoint, we cannot possibly see how a circumstance will play out.) It continues to amaze me as to how “tied to this present world” most of us are; despite our fervent desire for this to not be the case. The temporal nature of this present world is at complete odds with those who are born of the Spirit, who remember the former conversation but now have their affections on things above. Even the necessary attributes of this life are….lifeless….and soon to be irrelevant. And yet, here we are, working, paying taxes, taking the van to the shop when extensive brake work is required, cleaning the garage, and jumping through all of the hoops that life in 2010 throws at us.
The past two weeks have been a real challenge and I had to be reminded of two things. The first was while driving home from work. It was another night that seemed to have been consumed by the continuing saga of life at AAM north America; (American Axles new corporate title) even to the point that my office of being a city set on a hill was completely ineffective. This observation made its way into prayer; “Lord I’m completely innefective and irrelevant at work.” The ensuing moment of reflective silence was interrupted by the words “YOU DON’T KNOW THAT.” Without a doubt, appearances can be the most deceptive of things. We never know when we’ll disperse a piece of scriptural truth without even being aware of it, and that truth will produce fruit. Every so often, someone will say to me “I was thinking about what you said a couple of weeks ago.” It oftentimes seems as though the statements which I think will have an impact end up accomplishing nothing, while things that “just come out” during the course of conversation foster a running cogitation on the part of the hearers that would have never been expected. In short; were much better off when we:
Matthew 10:19-20 “But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.”
Interesting; while typing out that passage, the words “WHEN they deliver you up” had emphasis. Verse 21 reveals how relevant this will be.
The other reminder was in response to the two weeks of downtime, insofar as street evangelism. My goal has been to double the amount of outings this year. I’m convinced that the first half of this year is critical and I’ve been minded to match the number of 2009 outings by the end of June 2010. I had to be reminded that we’re not to operate by “quotas of our own establishing.” Whenever ventures are thwarted by circumstances, (especially the ones that seem to pop up out of nowhere) I tend to become frustrated and even somewhat depressed. It defies explaining, however, being in the streets as a proclaimer of the gospel is like nothing else. It’s the single arena in my life in which a total sense of “this is what I’m supposed to be doing” is present. From a standpoint of “hours allocated” it seems insignificant and one could question its effectiveness. One could bring forth a thousand reasons why I should not be doing this; everything from family obligations to the fact that I’m normally not a very good speaker in person. Yet I cannot let it go; nor do I have any desire to find an exit from this.
One colossal hurdle has been cleared in recent months. Mrs timbob has become much more understanding, while I’ve learned how to conduct myself in a way that minimizes conflict on the home front. The situation at home is far more stable than it was last summer; despite my many blunders.
It doesn’t happen every time, however, many outings seem to follow a pattern. There’s a continual steady flow amongst the eternal ones; seeking opportunities to share Jesus, or at least offer a tract in the course of the passive encounters. These days, the majority of encounters are comprised of little more than a couple of seconds to offer a tract to one who is clearly occupied by other matters. Cell phones are a huge distraction; however, even folks who are engaged in a heated discussion by this means will usually take a tract that’s silently offered to them. This has caused me to become very selective of the tracts that are utilized. These are truly “one-shot-deals” from my vantage point and truth “must be presented” that will quickly resonate. (We know that Gods word will not return void) Consequently, I have a lot of tracts that are no longer distributed on a regular basis. These go into a single box which sits in our bedroom and has been labeled “The Tract graveyard.” We’re at a point on the prophetic timeline, where every word presented; either vocally or via printed material, must get to the point as quickly as possible.
Last Wednesday, while heading toward Elkhart, thoughts of what would transpire ran their course. It was almost as though I needed this outing even more than anyone that I may talk to. The peace and contentment that accompanies these moments is indescribable; even in areas where many would strive to stay clear of. The majority of outings seem to have a particular encounter which “defines the venture.” A single soul or group of people that was of divine appointment. Last Wednesday, that defining person was a man named Bobby. His words suggested that he had been truly born again at some point in his past, but that he is now struggling with temptation; coupled with lack of employment. It wasn’t long before he went into a discussion about “Donna.” This is an acquaintance of his who professes to know Jesus, however, Bobbys mind, she is arrogant and continually talks down to him. His thoughts about Donna, the other issues that he talked about, along with the topics that he seemed to avoid, offered a glimpse into a very complicated situation.
I don’t know how accurate Bobbys story was as folks will tend to present information in a way that justifies self. One thing is for certain; the few minutes that we talked offered a glimpse into a hotbed of spiritual battling, resulting in these two names being added to the prayer list. Bobby truly seems to have a desire to be close to the Lord, but is struggling, battling dioscouragement, and seemed to be in need of someone to talk to. I have never met Donna and have no way of knowing if Bobbys description of her is accurate. She may be as Bobby described her, or she may be a genuine Saint whose concern for another soul is being misunderstood. Three things are for certain. First, the Lord knows the “whole” of the situation. His desire is for both of these folks to have an intimate relationship with him; regardless of what the present senario may be. Second, the enemy is striving to destroy both of these souls; regardless of what the present senario may be. And third, fervent prayer avails much; even when the particulars of a given situation are a mystery.
I may never run into Bobby again and I’ll probably never meet Donna, but I can intercede for them; along with the many other one-time encounters whose names fill up the prayer list. (It’s a small black book with laminating on the cover that I carry with me always) Only the Lord knows what will transpire as a result of the brief conversation that transpired last Wednesday in central Elkhart, near the corner of Benham and Indiana Avenues.
Well it’s time to go for now. I apolagize for the stir on the previous posting. It was partially out of frustration over being so hemmed in by circumstances. Lord willing, I’m desireing to remain active here as long as possible; and yet we never know what a day may present. As Ecclesiastes 8:8 points out, “there is no discharge in that war.” (I love the wording of the King James bible!) I also plan to get around to everyones site as this is much more encouraging than just staying at home. I often think about the many saints that I’ve encountered and wonder how much different my life would be, had I never entered this venue. This was placed on my heart from the Lord Jesus back in the summer of 2006 and has been a place of much spiritual growth. (even though the global governing entitiy has access to everything ever placed into the cyber-universe. There really is nowhere to hide; except in the strong tower that is the Lord Jesus Christ)
My thanks to Code for alerting me to the posting of the March edition of the Last Trumpet newsletter. Here’s the link:
AMERICA – INFESTED WITH SPIRITUAL BACTERIA (Now that’s a revealing title!)
Blessings always in Jesus name.