Friday, December 30, 2011

Faithful Jesus Bagels {Part One}

One of my very favorite "Jesus" stories happened a few years ago when I was pretty young in my faith. It was Palm Sunday and I was bringing a girl that I discipled with me to church. The sermon was on the character of God (my favorite topic!) and how it was revealed in Exodus 34:6-7.
Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth ;  who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin ; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.
I just love this verse because it is the very character of God. How gracious that he would tell us in black and white so we don't have to wonder. We can know for sure that he is abounding in faithful love (lovingkindness), that he is slow to anger (patient) and always tells the truth. We also know that he is full of justice and doesn't leave sin to go unpunished. We don't have to wonder or be unsure about those aspects of His character. But I digress. Back to the story... :)

I had a few hours between dropping of the girl I brought to church and the time I had to meet another friend. Since they were near to each other I decided to just go out for lunch on that side of town so I wouldn't waste all my gas driving back and forth. I ended up at Einstein's Bagels.

So as I was sitting down enjoying my cinnamon sugar bagel and vanilla latte, I pulled out my Bible and journal and had some quality time with the Lord.

A while later a couple came in and I noticed them noticing me. I could tell they were looking over at me and more specifically looking at the fact that I had a Bible out in the middle of a bagel shop.

I seriously felt like someone just kicked me in the gut.

I just knew I had to share Jesus with those people. And let me tell you I almost threw up.

But this was one of those times where I just knew beyond any doubt that God wanted me to talk to those people. Despite my complete and utter fear, I wanted to obey God.

I gathered up some courage, pleading for God to just give me the strength to not sound like a complete idiot and walked up to them.

"Ummmm...." I started. "So this might be the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you, and I want you to know that I don't do this very often, but I just really think God wants me to share this verse with you. Is it okay if I read this?"


So in my fearful and shaky voice I share a glimpse of the character of God through Exodus 34:6-7. As I finished I looked up at the man and his wife eagerly waiting for their response. Let me tell you, that half second felt like 8 million years.
"Wow. Thanks for sharing that verse" the man replied. "Would you like to hear it repeated in Hebrew?"

I think my jaw dropped all the way down to my knees. That was certainly not the reaction I was expecting!


Stay tuned for Part Two on Monday!!

Linking up with Laura :)

1 comment:

  1. Angi! When did you find tome to write!?

    Love this story.