Blessings come in different ways and at the strangest times. As I walked into the office of a Client the other day, the plan was to simply touch base, but God had different ideas. The normally busy office was quiet, the few others that work in the office were out and the Client sat back and was ready to share. It amazes me how many people are thinking, praying, struggling and trying to deal with who God is and how He works. There are many people that we pass everyday that are trying to walk with God at the center of their lives and we may never know it.
In the midst of the crowds and our activities it is easy to think that “I’m the only one”. We may feel like Elijah in I Kings 18:22, “Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the LORD’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets.” But then I am quickly reminded of Romans 11:4, “And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” Elijah could not see or hear the others that were following God and making a stand for Him, just as I am not always able to see or hear the people around me that are seeking to walk with God. Generally one of us has to open up and share. There is the key, I think, we need to open up and share with each other, more often. Opening up to others – not with a BIG Red Letter addition of the Bible, but opening up with a sincere heart and learning spirit. It may be a challenge but it could be a great blessing!
During this season of Christmas and as the New Year approaches, there are many opportunities to open up and share with others. It may just be the best gift you could share and receive, this year!
Gene Vincent is the Pastor of Beechland Baptist Church: 351 Beechland Road, Lewisburg, KY 42256