Eternity is rushing towards us.
You and everyone else must be ready.
The lady who edits my books and newsletters, just doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t edit those for me. She is aÃ‚Â boldÃ‚Â soul winner.Ã‚Â Bold. Loves the Lord so much, she canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t keep Jesus to herself. Enjoy this encounter she just had recently in Miami. Wow!
Whenever I visit my folks in Miami, I love to go witnessing at the sandbar near their house. Ã‚Â That sandbar is situated in the middle of the Intracoastal Waterway. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s quite the atmosphere there. People there anchor their boats around the edges of the sandbar and spend the day with their friends and families. They are just killing time until the high tide rolls in, which makes it the perfect place to have conversations.
So whenever itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a weekendÃ‚Â with a low tide is in the middle of the day, I head over to the state park with my kayak and supplies. I stuff my dry bag with books and tracts, take a few personal things, andÃ‚Â shove off to paddle my way over to the sandbar, dodgingÃ‚Â yachtsÃ‚Â and jet skis as I go. Ã‚Â Once there, I drag my kayak up on the sand and get started.
First, I talk to everyone I can on the exposed sand. They are usually getting food from the food barges that beach during low tide.Ã‚Â Then I wade into deeper water to catch those on the fringes of the sandbar. And finally, once the tide starts coming in, I get back in my kayak and paddle around the perimeter to catch the people swimming and lounging by their boats.
I had just finished witnessing to everyone on the sandbar and was wading into ankle deep water when I saw this burly, middle-aged man walking right in front of me. To be honest, his stature and appearance kind of intimidated me, but he was right there in front of me. So, I gave him a tract.
As soon as he began to speak, I realized he was a totally gentle guy. He just listened to me asking him questions and then gave thoughtful but short replies. His name was Renee. He was Cuban and spoke English well. I was trying to figure out where he was at spiritually, but he kept looking at me kind of puzzled and amazed by my questions. He told me he was a Christian, but I guess I was expecting him to be more forward or something, so I began to explain a few things to draw him out. Without really answering my questions but just listening intently toÃ‚Â my explanations, he suddenly blurted out, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Are you an angel?Ã¢â‚¬Â I just chuckled and said no, but I had heard that once or twice before.
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s when I decided to ask him to tell me about when he came to Christ. He began to explain how it was in 1994. He had left Cuba by boat for America. He must have been a young man judging from his age. As he told the story, he said it happened when he was out at sea. And that’s when he began to cry. As he told the story, he began to shed aÃ‚Â lot of tears until he was sobbing. He explained how afraid he was on that boat and how he thought he was going to die. He said how he had learned about the Bible and Jesus while he was in Cuba, but it was that moment on the ocean when he put his faith in Christ.
So here I was watching this man, who I thought might be a rough character, breaking down in tears. I gave him a big hug and asked him if what he was telling me was the point at which he was most afraid. He wipedÃ‚Â away his tears and said yes. Then the big shock was when he told me he was the music pastor at his church! I guess youÃ‚Â really can’t judge a book by its cover.
Talk about learning a lesson. Ã‚Â You just never know who someone really is until you start talking to them. And here I was totally nervous to talk to him, and he turned out to be such a sweet and kind man.Ã‚Â
Those stories wait for you as well. Go get one of them today!
Until the Nets are Full,
P.S.Ã‚Â Some teachers out there have been indoctrinating young children for the worse and not for the better. After this video went viral, this teacher was removed from the classroom.