Wow, Wow, Wow, Wow, Wow! Why do I expect anything different when I pray but for the Lord to answer?
My seat partners from Atlanta to Seoul were Marilyn and John from Atlanta. They were heading to Bukata (sp?) on a Medical Mission. John is a cardiologist and he and Marilyn will be there for 3 weeks. Once hearing that they were on a mission trip as well I assumed they were believers. But it was not too long when Marilyn who sat next to me began to ask me questions. And it went for 3 1/2 hours, non stop! A lovely couple in their 70's having 3 children their eldest was severely retarded, her words, and he died at 30. He would now be 43. Her idea of spending time with the Lord is walking in the woods and enjoying nature. She has no use for the church as she sees it as flawed and hypocritical and in fact those in their church treated their precious boy unkindly when he was young and they attended. Not necessarily abuse but neglect. Rather than reaching out to this dear young man they drew back. And when Marilyn talked about the those who are so dogmatic about what they believe she included me with one of them and felt that to focus on evangelizing pushes people away rather than drawing them to Christ. I of course shared with them that "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and they are already headed to Hell, so am I pushing them further into Hell? No, I am responding to the Great Commission to go therefore!!!! I had my SWORD with me in my lap and in my heart and as she threw a question at me, and she did, over and over again, Thank You Father that You have equip me with a knowledge of Your Word so that I was ready to give an answer and to lovingly listen and agree at times but not waver from the Truth within the pages of this Book. It was things like, but men wrote this book, I don't believe God would send anyone to hell because He is a God of love, how do you know that Jesus was the Messiah the Jews do not believe that He was? I believe that everyone who believes in God whether, Buddhist or Muslim, or Mormon, all believe in the same God. On and ON and ON! John finally leaned forward and said, "Do you think this was by accident that we sat together?" I of course said, No, I prayed for you!
Normally on my flights I initiate the conversations but Marilyn, when she found out I was a Mission was ready for the attack and she was going to when but praise be to God, I was equip and for every question I had an answer except when she said, Why did God do this or that? I told her that God does what He wants because He is God and I by faith accept that all He does is good!
After arriving in Seoul we ended up at the same gate, their flight leaving a bit before mine but I went to the gate early and asked if I could do my devotion with them. Marilyn and I sat together with my arm around her and I prayed and then I read the Scriptures and the devotion with them. Actually it addressed one of John's questions about the rapture.
Precious Father, Your Word has gone forth and I have been obedient to speak Your Truth in love. The Gospel which is the power unto salvation has been presented so may Your loving kindness lead them to repentance. Oh what a mighty God You are! I love you so, Cindy