There are moments in life that change everything. Key pivotal moments that alter and redirect you on towards your future. It isn’t the large monumental moments that I am referring to. Anyone could notice those moments. They tend to come colliding into your life like a meteor impacting earth. No, I am referring to those moments that seemed so small and evanescent when they happened. No one would notice its impact unless you pointed it out. It is often in hindsight that you even realize it was a key pivotal moment. It is a such a moment that I find myself reflecting back on today. It was a short interaction, 10 to 15 minutes, with a stranger and yet I remember it all these years later.
I was a teen hanging out with a group of friends. We had been meandering up and down the Virginia Beach boardwalk all day. It was hot and crowded with tourist for the summer. I remember a crazy looking man suddenly jumped out in front of us. I don’t remember noticing him at all until that moment. I vividly recall his long wild and slightly curly hair. He had no shirt on and he stood out from amongst the tourist with his VB native looking tan and stringy cutoff jean shorts. He wildly began talking about the Kingdom of Heaven. I remember thinking he was crazy. He stood out with his bizarre demeanor. It made me think of John the Baptist. Still does.
A couple of my friends joked on him as they began walking away. I stood there. Another friend began pulling me away. This crazy man loudly laughed. His eyes glued on mine. He laughed. Pointing his finger at me laughing he said, “I’ll see you there. In the Kingdom! I’ll see you there!” My friends had tugged me yards away and still I kept looking. Laughing he said again, “I’ll see YOU there!” I replied, “Yeah, I think you just might.”
36 years later and I find myself thinking about this crazy man in the ragged cut off jeans. I know he has somehow played a part in my faith today. I don’t know if he planted the seeds of faith in me or if he merely watered the seeds of faith in the garden of my heart. Whether he planted or if he watered, whoever that wild-looking street evangelist was, I am pretty sure he will be rewarded. It is difficult for anyone that believes to disagree when God’s Word talks of this kind of moment. A key pivotal moment that alters and redirects your life on towards a future and a hope in Jesus Christ.
I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. – 1 Corinthians 3:6-8 NLT
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