My family and I were on a trip to Canada. This was the first time in a long time all of us had been together and able to spend quality time with each other. Life happens and with it priorities, work, jobs, relationships, spouses….and then more life happens when people have children of their own and the cycle repeats. That’s why it really is so important to make time in the midst of it. If you do not, life will indeed…happen.
Before going into this trip with my wife we thought of some of the most important things we did not want to leave at home. We agreed that it was our time spent with God. Both personally and together. Vacation and rest go hand in hand. Having a “quiet time” for a Christian simply means spending time with God alone, whether that be reading the Bible, praying, or reading a short devotional about God, life and how the Bible verses apply to both. Not only is it applicable but it’s refreshing to do. It’s not work, but it is a discipline. That’s why we chose to make sure we had that time each morning or whenever throughout the trip.
I want to tell a true story that happened while on this trip. One that shocked me and amazed me. Through it, I felt God. Through the experience, I couldn’t tell you specifically what I felt like God would do with it or what His purpose was in it, but I can say I feel He has one.
I was walking with my family down a country road in Nova Scotia near the airbnb we were staying at. We had just finished exploring the lakes. There was a road leading back to our house with other houses near. Before we got back home my stepfather greeted an elderly man coming out of his house. If you don’t know John, well greeting strangers constantly is second nature. I mean anybody and everybody. I wasn’t surprised. It’s what makes John the person he is and a way that God works through him.
The old man started small talk with John while the rest of us started walking around heading towards the house. John called over to us and said hey guys, you wanna check out his house?! The old man had offered kindly to show us around.
We agreed and started on our way in. It was a good sized cottage leading out to the lake. The inside was immaculate. The man told us about his friends and how he often invited them for dinners and entertained them here. But he lived there alone.
I glanced at a black and red bracelet I’d been wearing on this trip I’d gotten from my Mom who got it from her church back home. What the purpose of the bracelet was, I’m not sure honestly. It said “unbroken” and had a Bible verse from the book of Peter in the Bible. It was short, sweet and to the point. I liked it. It had my favorite color scheme too, how could I not?
Just the night before I’d had a weird dream that I’d taken this bracelet off and had given it to someone. It was a person I couldn’t remember and didn’t know. It was a foggy memory to me at that point trying to recall it.
We continued talking to the old man in the sun room when he told us about his son, who had died not too long ago. The man had gotten news from his son that he’d felt tired and sick the night before so when he went to lay down, but did not get back up. The old man shrugged, pulling back before the pain and loss could show in his expression. I caught it in his body language. We consoled him and my step dad gave him a hug.
He continued showing us the upstairs when me, having an evangelistic heart, thought of something I could offer the man before leaving. A kind word? An offer to pray with him? I glanced down. It hit me! How about that bracelet! The dream came back to me in a flash! I recalled how in the dream I was giving the bracelet to somebody for an important reason, yet that reason was concealed! Now it was shown. I strongly felt like this was it. How couldn’t I?
Not only that but by this time the man had revealed to us his name was Peter! The Bible verse was out of the book of 1 Peter! Woah. God is outrageous. The Great Orchestrator.
Before leaving I told Peter I had something to give him, slipping off the bracelet. He smiled and thanked me, putting it on and then holding it in his hand. He told us he would be over the next night to visit if he had a chance and the time. We never did see Peter for the rest of the trip because he likely traveled to a friend’s house as he’d mentioned, but now the seed planted is in God’s hands and the bracelet is surely in Peter’s.
1 Peter 1: 3-6 (ESV, Emphasis added):
“Blessed by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a LIVING HOPE through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you REJOICE, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials.”
July 27, 2018