As my regular followers know, I was in NYC for a few weeks this summer working in the Jews For Jesus 2014 Outreach. After I returned home I stopped by the OSU Extension office to say hello to everyone. I typically work there at least a day a week as a Master Gardener. Most everyone knew where I had been and what I had been doing, but a few didn’t.
One of the fellows said “long time no see, where ya been?” I took a seat in his office and shared with him where I had been and what I had been doing. I could tell from the look on his face that he was dazzled. He looked up at me and said “why did you want to do that?” I told him that I have had a particular love and burden for the Jewish people for all of my adult life. I went there to tell them that Jesus was the only answer to them as well as everyone else.
He made a few comments and I began to share Jesus with him. He was willing to talk about Jesus, but not in a personal way. This was the perfect opportunity to share the Gospel with him, and within minutes he had tears in his eyes. It was right at that time that someone that had an appointment with him appeared and it ended our talk. He had given me about 30 minutes of his time. Or should I say, the Lord gave us 30 minutes together? That was 4 weeks ago.
I have been back to work at the Extension office 3 times since that incident, but no opportunity to speak with him during these times. A fellow Master Gardener asked me if I would take his shift for Friday afternoon, to which I agreed. There are typically 3 of us in the office that work the phones and take care of the walk- ins. On Friday, no one came to work but me. It rarely happens, but I have done it before and have taken care of the tasks, but I stayed quite busy. This past Friday it was only steady, and as I had everything caught up, guess who walked in?
In his hand was a big thick book name “Jesus” A Theography. I looked at the book but it was a 500-600 page book so I couldn’t do much but read the front and the back covers. What it did do was re-open the previous conversation. He began to tell me about the book and I listened to him. He was talking about everything but Jesus. He was talking about churches and religions and all kinds of stuff except the Subject of the book.
When he was finished, without a phone call or another person to distract us, I again shared the Gospel to him. He attentively listened and shook his head in agreement. I never once mentioned a church or religion; my subject matter was the Person of Jesus, the Savior, the only hope for mankind. Again, just as I finished my presentation, a person walked in with a half-dead tree branch wanting to know what it’s problems were. Before my friend walked out I handed him a Gospel of John to read. I asked him to read it and that we would discuss it next time.
The Lord has had too many “coincidences” with this gentleman. I say the hound dogs of Heaven are on his trail. Please pray for this gentleman that the Holy Spirit will quicken him and bring him to a saving faith in the real Jesus.
Shalom until tomorrow, Lord willing,