Stood Up!

starbucks.jpgI love being stood up! Really. Set a meeting with me, don’t show up, and I’ll seize it as an opportunity. An opportunity to read, reflect, pray, or meet with a stranger.

Matter of fact, I was stood up this morning. After waiting and reading 40 minutes, I drove to Starbucks to kill another 45 minutes before my next meeting. While purchasing a muffin, I asked God to lead me into conversation with whoever he desired. When I went to find a set, there was only one big arm chair left next to an older gentlemen.  I asked the man if I could sit with him. For the next 45 minutes, I listened to this man’s (Lee’s) story. I heard about his son who died 30 years ago; his overcoming colon cancer; his wife’s recovery from breast cancer, and much more. Eventually, he got tired of talking and asked his first question, “Are you a student at Brock University?” What a compliment! No, but I did share with him that I’m a pastor. This instantly turned the conversation to a discussion of his spiritual journey and doubts about God – the opportunity I asked God to provide. We discussed his need to displace spiritual doubt with repentance, forgiveness, and living for God not himself. At this end of our conversation, I shared with Lee how I asked God to lead me to have a conversation with a person this morning. Since God set up this meeting, I asked Lee to share with me what God was speaking to him through our conversation. He clearly articulated that God used this conversation to speed him toward a life of faith and self-less living. Before praying with Lee, I encouraged him to be baptized when he decides to place his faith in Jesus Christ.

It turns out that Lee attends the church in St. Catherines, Ontario where I used to be on staff.

God sized dreams

sail-boat.jpgI read this prayer on  Perry Noble‘s blog titled Disturbed.

“Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves. When our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little. When we arrive safely because we have sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us, Lord.” – a prayer by Sir Francis Drake.

This prayer is very fitting to a prayer I wrote in my journal a few months ago. May it always be true in my life.