I was running just a little late for church when I saw Nancy from the Caribou coffee shop walking along Main Street. I suspected she was walking to work, although she was several blocks from her destination. I've had a few spiritual conversations with Nancy, but she's not too impressed with "the Church." Thinks we're a bunch of hypocrites.
Suddenly I had a thought flash through my mind. "Turn around and invite Nancy to church."
I drove past a couple of traffic lights, hoping the thought was not actually from the Lord. But it didn't leave me, even as I reasoned with God that I would be really late for church if I turned around.
"Invite Nancy to church."
Great. Just great. This is not comfortable.
I turned around and pulled up next to Nancy. Naturally, she was startled as she looked over at me.
"Um, Nancy, I feel like I'm supposed to invite you to church."
Naturally, she was startled by my invitation. She declined, as she was on her way to work her shift. But she accepted my offer to give her a ride the rest of the way.
"Nancy, um, last time we talked, you were exploring some unusual spiritual things such as astrology. Where are you at with spiritual stuff?" I asked.
"Interesting you should ask," Nancy replied. "Just last night I decided I was supposed to read the Bible, so I searched around the house to find one."
As I explored a bit more with her, she remembered that she read the verse in Philippians about being able to do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
"Well, Nancy, just so you know, I really believe that. I live my life according to that truth."
I pulled up in front of Caribou, our conversation ending way too quickly. I asked Nancy if there was any way I could pray for her. "Pray that I will make it to church tonight," she replied as she got out of the car.
"OK, I'm right on that, Nancy!"
Yes, I was late for church. But I'm pretty sure I heard God about turning around. He loves to do that.