I’d seen a few staff stories where YD team members were able to share the gospel with some strangers on the street. I loved hearing about the impact Jesus had on these people. These lovely stories however left me feeling more frustrated and isolated because of lockdown.
So I spent a bit of time expressing this frustration to God. I’m a practical person and my love languages are acts of service and gift-giving. Being able to use these gifts during lockdown has been limited, so I asked God for an opportunity to share Jesus.
The very next day I drove down to our local Coles for our weekly shop. At the end of my shop, I noticed an older man parked next to my car. He seemed quite distressed and was in need of help. After some prompting, I discovered he was almost out of fuel and had just discovered that he hadn’t been paid. He wouldn’t be able to get home.
I was only too happy to give the man some money for fuel. He talked about how lockdown had dried up most of his work. His daughter was living with him and her work in the food services industry had dried up too. Then an opportunity opened up to talk about Jesus.
We had a 45-minute conversation about God and his love for this man and his family. He told me that he had been to church a long time ago and that he didn’t consider himself a very good Christian. We talked about God’s desire for a relationship with him, that God saw his needs and cared about them.
The truth is it was no accident that my car was parked next to this man. God heard my prayer, saw this man’s need and set me up to help. I love how God does that.
I know the man went away encouraged. That he felt seen and known by God. I went away encouraged too. I love how God can move – even in lockdown.