I was attending a conference in Minneapolis and had some time to kill. So I decided I would go by a nearby shopping mall and walk around. It was the middle of a workday and the place was pretty much empty. I happened by the Food Court and saw a man about my age sitting at a table reading a Bible. “Interesting”, I thought. As I got closer, I noticed he had a very puzzled look on his face, so I asked, “Got a question?” The flood gates opened. He was reading Revelation and he had a ton of questions. Fortunately, I had just completed a study course on Revelation with Bruce Metzger (the lead editor for the translation committee of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.) I was in luck, I knew a little about the subject. We talked for about an hour after which he asked me one final question, “Why hasn’t my minister told me this before?” To which I quipped, “Because they’re too smart to get trapped like I just did.”
Perhaps you’ve had an opportunity to talk to someone about the Bible or religion in general. I’m not convinced I was really trapped on that afternoon talking about the Bible. I think I was at the right place at the right time to help someone who was really struggling. Maybe I made a difference. I’ll never know, but deep down, I felt good about it.
Are you sharing your faith whenever you can? I’m sure there’s plenty of opportunities if you’ll just take a chance. You know more than you think. How about sharing it?
This blog consists of reflections written by the minister each week for the Sunday bulletin. We hope that you enjoy the musings!