After working out with my son in the morning (Wednesday), we stopped by at a coffee shop to work on a video project about hunger. From the corner of my eye, I saw an old man in his late 80’s or early 90’s standing by the exit door. Both of his hands were firmly holding his walker to keep him from falling, his back was hunched; it seemed to me that he was waiting for someone to open the door to assist him out.
I stood up and asked him if I can open the door for him. He said that he was waiting for his wife and he asked me if I speak Spanish. “A little“, I said. Then he pulled out his wallet and handed me a small pamphlet.
The cover had a picture of a rose with the words, “You’re Special.” Immediately, I knew it was a tract to share the promises of God. “God bless you!”, I said as I extend my had to receive it. “Oh, you’re a Christian!”, he said joyfully.
As we were walking out through the door, he asked where I was born. “Philippines“, I said. Then he said “Magandang umaga” (which means Good Morning in Philippines language). He proceeded carefully and slowly on his way out of the coffee shop. I went back to my seat while processing what just happened. I felt “special” having someone took the time to hand me meaningful message. I said to myself, “This is how someone feels when a total stranger approach you with a sincere heart (rather than just handing out a piece of paper unmindful.) The old man embodies the message.
As I sat back on my chair, I saw him talking to another man and surely enough, he handed one of the pamphlets to him. He obviously is a man with a mission – to share the Word of God in marketplaces. His message was congruent with his action.
While writing this Blog, it occurred to me that he may be a retired missionary. However, this man exemplified that we really do not retire from sharing the Word of God with others. This FHL Week is intended to open opportunities and hearts of people for a lifestyle of missions. I pray that this story would bless you as it blessed me. It’s a miracle for me; it gave me a perspective as a recipient of a Bible tract and a recipient of God’s love through a total stranger.
Who would be that person in your life today who would receive God’s unconditional love through you?