Saturday I had to run several errands ~ one of my least favorite things to do is run errands. I found myself in Target as I needed 100 packets to start the Test Pilot Missional Communities. The clerk had to go to the back to find more and as I stood there, I felt my aggitation grow. I am not a very patient person, and waiting seems like such a waste of time that could be used for better things.....
But, as I felt my aggitation grow, I was reminded that "the Kingdom of God is within me," and that I had the opportunity to intentionally shine Jesus' light in Target. So, I began to pray for the clerk getting the packets. I began to pray for the people walking through the isle. One familiy walked back and forth 5 or 6 times as I stood there, they got a lot of prayer. I felt the atmosphere change as Jesus was invited to do his amazing work at Target.
I never witnessed out loud. I didn't do anything different except acknowledge the truth that I, like every other Jesus follower, carry his light. Those ten minutes of waiting, which ordinarily would have been sheer torture for me, became a time of worship between me and Jesus. I left Target feeling lighter and more joyful; that's certainly never happened at Target before.
Romans 12:1-2 calls us to offer our bodies as living sacrifices. That means that as our bodies are in a certain place that we can intentionally offer Jesus the opportunity to do his work through us. Sometimes it's very active, Saturday was very subtle. I don't think I will ever forget it.
And, now I almost look forward to a delay; who knows what can happen?