Shopping bag in hand I walked to my car. Still not sure what just happened, I went through it in my head again and I noticed a few things. It was during the lunch hour and she manned an express till. The queue was long and the shop was fairly busy. But not one person complained about waiting while we talked. Not one impatient grunt or moan. I felt at that moment, God paused time so we could finish our conversation. Divine intervention! Divine timing! Glory to God for using me at that specific moment!
Isn’t this exactly what God expects from us? Being ready and prepared to share His time and love to whomever needs it, even if it catches us unaware. In fact, to emphasize the importance of this, God included it in the Spiritual Armor we put on when we become His children. “and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;” Ephesians 6:15. (I’m a boots girl. Every time I think of this verse, I imagine my spiritual feet to be shod with heeled red boots with which I can crush the head of the enemy. But that’s just me…) So what does it look like to have your feet shod? As described in the time when Paul wrote the Armor of God, these where strong leather sandals which were shod with iron spikes on the soles. (I think this was the first ever Hi-Tech trainers…). Soldiers had to be prepared for battle at any given time.
“And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near” Ephesians 2:17. Even Jesus and his disciples walked from town to town spreading the gospel of Truth. Not once was Jesus caught unaware or unprepared. We need to be prepared to take the Gospel anywhere and everywhere with us. Any place, any terrain. Feet shod. Prepared the entire time!
But let’s look at Paul for a moment. He was in jail. The ability to go freely and spread the gospel was taken away from him. But did his imprisonment stop him? He continued to spread the Good News and the Word of God by writing letters to the churches. (And today almost a third of the Bible) He was prepared and used what was available to him. We are very fortunate in South Africa to live freely in our faith. There are countries where you will be killed for admitting to be a believer and follower of Christ. Can you imagine, for talking about God or sitting in church, to be killed for that? Still prepared? If God would send you to North Korea, for example, where Christians are executed, still prepared? Let’s hit closer to home. Are you prepared to talk to the person next to you about Jesus? Your neighbor? The cashier? Your family?