I got on the subway this morning and had an option of seats. To sit alone in a one seat with no seatmate or in a two-seat. I chose the one-seat. I could be alone and not have to accommodate anybody. Yay! Usually big, burly construction workers sit next to me leaving me with an inch to breathe. Not this morning. I was going to relax all the way into city. As soon as I sat down and settled my bags, I felt the Holy Spirit nudge me. “So. You don’t want to speak this morning about Christ?” Gulp. Before I could argue with him, I said, “Okay. I’ll move.”
So I did. At the next stop a young Asian woman sat next to me. So this must be who I’m supposed to talk to, I said to myself. She whipped out a cosmetic sponge with make-up on it, held up the dark screen of her iPhone as a mirror, and put her face on. (Note to self: iPhone screens make good mirrors in a pinch.) I began to read field reports from a missionary agency I support that take the gospel into unreached people groups. I was totally absorbed. When I finished, I looked and my seatmate was sound asleep. Must not be her then, I thought.
We arrived into the city and she woke up. It’s now or never, I said to myself. I pulled out a gospel of John and handed it to her.
“Would you receive this as a gift?” I said.
She looked at the booklet in bewilderment. “No,” she said.
“Have you ever read the bible?” I said.
She shook her head no.
“Try it, you might enjoy it. It changed my life,” I said.
“Okay, I’ll read it,” she said and took it. She got up and left the train at her stop.
I felt accomplished.
I was prepared to ignore the world this morning. That’s the truth. But the Holy Spirit is always on duty.
Talk to me.