Yesterday morning I grabbed my morning coffee, opened Facebook (yes, I admit it, this is my new morning routine). The first post in my news feed was from Nancy, a good friend of mine from church. Here’s what it said:
“Great Story - One of my employees just asked me if I go to the church with the horse in front of it. I, of course, stated that I did and asked why? My employee went on to tell me that she was positively touched by Virginia (a member of our church), while Virginia bagged her groceries. Apparently, out of nowhere, Virginia started talking about how she is playing the bells at her church, and how great her church is. This turned into a very happy exchange between Virginia, the cashier, and my employee, who said that she left the store just feeling so good because Virginia was so happy!! How about that???”
After a few positive comments from other Facebook friends, Nancy further commented “My belief is that Virginia is so unaffected by the many worldly things that the rest of us are affected by that Jesus can so easily shine through her. That makes her the lucky one!!”
I have always looked at Virginia as having a “child-like faith.” Now I see that perhaps she displays for the rest of us what Paul was teaching Timothy in his letters: we are not to be timid about sharing our faith, we need to put our love for one another and God on display for the world to see, and to not let anything stand in the way of being true disciples. Nancy’s insights and willingness to share her experience and perspective have served to encourage and inspire me to try and be less timid in sharing my faith in person. Sharing my faith through the written word is much easier for me than sharing face to face. I need a bolder faith.
It amazes me how God used these two disparate, seemingly disconnected events as teaching tool. But then again, our God is amazing and uses ordinary events and people to reveal his Word and will to us, his beloved children.
God of all power, grant us the courage to be bold in the proclamation of our faith in Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen