Monday, February 27, 2012

~*Operation: Hospitality*~

Our family had a bit of an adventure today.  It actually started a few weeks ago when we had our van's gas leak repaired.  I've noticed the gas gauge seems to be off a bit since this repair.

Ya'll know where I am going, yet?
  
If you’re a super sleuth you might have already guessed that I ran out of gas!
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Well, the Lord, THE LORD, would not let an opportunity to go by without using it as a witness to myself and others.  

1) I forgot my cell phone at home.  I *knew* I did and left anyway, thinking those famous last words, "Nothing will happen".

2) I noticed I needed gas and the last gas station as I was leaving town was not selling gas this day (???) all the pumps were covered up...strange!  Oh well, I've got enough to get to the next one (8 miles down the road).

3) Van was acting quite strange, jerking and just not feeling quite right.  I made it 3 miles before it completely sputtered to a halt.  

From here it gets good!
  
I noticed no one was stopping so I gathered my 4 children and crossed the busy road to a humble home where a sweet lady pushing a walker opened the door to us.  I told her our circumstances and she readily opened her home to us to wait in the warmth while I tried to contact my hero husband to come rescue us.

In the process of waiting they revealed their hearts to our family and I was so pleased to meet them.  The husband mentioned he'd ran out of gas on the same road and he was turned away from a group of homes quite rudely at one point by "born again" Christians and that left him confused about Christian behavior.

What a wonderful opportunity that the Lord did not discard.  Very humble folks that kindly offered me coffee and the children books to keep them busy.  On this day my children were absolutely wonderfully behaved.  We were a great witness to them on large families, adoptive families, and homeschooling Christian families.  
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I am still in awe of how the Lord can use our circumstances to humble us and remind us to rely on HIM!  He is sufficient for all our needs.  

I wonder about those that turned away the kind man that opened his home to my family.  Yes, he looked a bit scruffy and definitely not sporting the latest trends and one glance at him might not reveal his need for the same kindness he showed me but what an opportunity these folks missed out on! 

As a Christian my witness is not only in my words but also in my deeds.  I don't desire to do "good deeds" to get points with the Big Guy; I desire to show others the same loving kindness that the Lord showed me on the cross.  

While we were definitely a witness to this couple who enjoyed our company for an hour I think they impacted me more so.  This situation reminded me of the importance in showing true hospitality to others.  No matter the state of your home, your budget, or your circumstances you have many golden opportunities to witness to others in simply opening your home! 

(Yes, my husband came and rescued us and it was nothing more than a gas gauge that is not as accurate as it was before the gas repair a few weeks ago.  I won't allow it to get too low now!)
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1 comment:

  1. What a beautiful story Jolene....so thankful you pointed me to it. Ya' know...it reminds me of what Ghandi {I think it was him} said of Christianity..."I like your Jesus, but I don't like your Christians"...How God's heart must be grieved!

    I am thankful for your witness, your heart and your love of God most. It reminds me of a story I'm going to share soon. Much love sweet friend, Linny xo

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