1 Peter 3:15
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect (NIV)
It was A few years ago bout 10:30 PM that I heard something slamming outside. I got out of bed to see what was going on and I saw a broke down car in my drive way and a man with a bright flashlight coming toward my house. I quickly got dress and opened the door and he was right there, I do not even think that he knocked. There was a little bit of fear coming over me as he ask me to come down to the end of my drive way and help him out. However I told him that I would be glad to jump his car off if I could find my cables.
I got down to his car and became very nervous because I could tell that he was on drugs badly. All I wanted to do was to get his car fixed and get back in the house. A few minutes had passed and I had told him that I was the Youth Pastor at a church down the road and was curious if he went to church anywhere. All of the sudden another person got out of the car and came over real close to where I was standing. My nerves was feeling a bit stretched then. It was his wife, she was very gray in color and on drugs so badly that she looked dead. My heart was truly broken to see this, especially after seeing that they had two small children in the back seat.
They began to tell me that nothing in their lives could get any worse. Their car was broke down, their house burned down the night before and they were having to stay with a friend. Immediately the word sprung up in me and I quoted to them 1 Peter 5:7. I told them that the Word says to cast ALL your cares on him because he cares for you. You could see a glimmer in the eyes all the sudden. They begin to tell me that someone had invited them to church down the road so they were going to go there. I will never forget the look on the young lady’s face as she told me, “please pray for me and my children”.
I assured her that I would and again they told me that it just could not get any worse. I again told them to cast their cares and worries on Christ! He told me that they were gonna get their lives straight and get back in church where they belonged. They left and I felt a bit refreshed knowing that I was able to share the Word with someone hurting.
However there were so many things that I would have done differently if I could do it over again. After thinking about the time I had with these lost hurting people I almost feel ashamed. I wish so badly that I would have wrote there names down and the names of there children. I wish I had of given them a card or something so that they could contact me for prayer when they needed it. One thing that I regret the most is that I did not ask them if they were ready to receive Jesus as there Savior King at that moment. I let them get away and they were right in front of me.
Sharing God’s Word and the Gospel of His Word is so important. One thing that I have learned from this experience is that we cannot waste any more time waiting till next time. There are lost and hurting people walking this earth and we are just letting them get away each day.
If I had gotten some way to contact them I could have checked on them and made sure that they were o.k. It is not about walking around and screaming “Jesus loves you” in people’s faces. It is about people seeing the Love of Christ in you and you become a light in their darkness. When I came back in the house and got back in bed I shared what had happened with my wife. Her response was “you always get the easy ones”. I thought that her response was quiet funny.
On the contrary though, it is not always easy witnessing. It is almost like something that you just have to do. There are certain fears that you have to overcome and obstacles that get in the way. The key thing that I see clearly now after this experience is that we can shed light on someone’s darkness. However, if we do not make any initiative to continue to help them somehow, they can and will fall back into the dark! It is so much more than saying Jesus loves you and then walking away!
I pray that the Lord God Almighty will give me more chances so I can be a light in someone’s darkness.