Romans 10:20 NLT “I was found by people who were not looking for Me…”
Did you ever find something by accident? Maybe while shopping you found a great deal that you couldn’t pass up on something you weren’t looking for in the first place. This is what is meant in the above verse, a people who didn’t know they needed Jesus, found Him and He was the find of their lifetimes.
Serendipity – (Oxford Living Dictionary) The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.
People don’t think about needing Jesus; most of the world is thinking of how to make ends meet, how to feed the kids, how to get to work when the car has broken down… But when, by “accident,” they find Him, they come to realize He is Who they needed in the first place.
I’ve found the best ways to connect people to Christ is to find them in everyday situations, where they are, and allow the “accident” of the Good News to spill over onto them. This usually happens when touching someone where they feel need: to the sorrowful bringing comfort, to the hungry bringing food, to those who need medical care bring them to a place where they can be helped. Obviously it’s not possible to provide everything everyone needs – but we can do something. If all we can do is smile and put our arms around someone’s shoulders, then that is the “accidental meeting” of the Gospel waiting to take place.
By “accident” we find ourselves here in Blantyre bringing this great Gospel to those who didn’t know they needed Christ. This past year has been an adventure; one full of “accidental” meetings with people who have played part in the unfolding of another amazing part of our journey in Africa.
I suspect most of the accidental meetings and connections I’ve experienced and will experience aren’t actually the serendipitous occurrences that I would naturally suppose them to be. Due to my desperate humanity and hardheadedness, I often forget that God never allows anything to happen in my life simply by chance. He is always with me, walking with me, gently guiding me all the while using all means necessary to point me to the answer that I’m looking for: Him.
“We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito.” C. S. Lewis