The Bible is filled with chance encounters that changed people’s lives. One example is from Luke 10:33, “But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.” The Bible tells us that God equips us for these “chance” encounters; He prepares us to serve effectively: “Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen“ (Hebrews 13:20-21).
I had such an encounter this week. I saw a police cruiser parked in our church parking lot, which is not uncommon. I always ask if the officer needs water or a bathroom break because it is difficult to find a public bathroom to use. She looked surprised and after reflecting a bit, took me up on my offer. Afterwards I gave her a quick tour of the church which she found pleasing. I found out she has a four-year-old son, is divorced, and her parents are currently unchurched but used to attend the Universal Unitarian church. I was equipped with our Christmas Invitation card and handed it to her along with a verbal invitation.
Each day presents opportunities to share our faith with others and to serve God’s purpose. The Good Samaritan had no idea it would be a day that he would fulfill a kingdom purpose. Let us all resolve to not miss any of God’s appointments. Be sensitive to other people’s needs.
See you at our church home, we will have a light on for you.
God bless you all,
Rev. Curtis Ehrgott