Opportunities to minister can arise when lease expected

By Debra Whittington

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

I strive to read my Bible each and every day, but every so often I fail to do so. I let other things take its place or I feel that I have too much to accomplish on that day. I find that if I read my Bible first thing in the morning before anything else my day goes smoother.

On some days I manage to read in between other activities. On one such day I was in a waiting room with my Bible. That morning was one of those in which I got up later than planned and got sidetracked with other things. I knew I would have a rather lengthy wait so I picked up my Bible as I walked out the door.

There were a few people in the waiting room of various ages from babies to some rather elderly patients. I pulled my Bible out of my tote bag and started to read that day’s passage. I quickly became caught up in the passage because it was exactly what I needed on that particular day. I was aware of other people in the room, but the passage drew me in and I became more interested in the passage than in the people.

Suddenly, I was aware of a little girl about four years old standing in front of me. “Whatcha’ doin’? “she asked. “Reading.” I turned my attention back to the passage and continued to read. The little girl was still standing there staring at me. “Whatcha’ reading?” I told her that I was reading my Bible. “Why?” was her next question.

In the best way I knew how I told her that I liked to read my Bible because I learned more about God. By this time everyone in the waiting room was listening to our conversation. I glanced up and noticed a couple of people were intently listening as if they were really interested in what I had to say to the little girl.

One person scowled at me as if to say what right did I have to be reading my Bible out in public or worse yet, talking about it out loud. I quickly looked away from them.

Soon, the little girl’s mother told her that she had asked enough questions and she needed to quit bothering me. I assured her that I didn’t mind her asking questions but by this time the little girl’s interest had turned to her sister that had walked over to get a closer look at my Bible. The two turned away and went back to playing and chasing each other.

The moment was broken and everyone went back to what they were reading or talking to each other. The other people soon forgot me, but I prayed that for that brief time what was said had touched their lives. I thought about a verse in Isaiah that I read recently. In Isaiah 11:6 it says, “and a little child shall lead them”. I realize this verse is talking about something else, but I feel as though the Lord used this little girl to share God’s word with everyone in that room that day.

Why do I read my Bible every day? One reason is found in Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”. The Bible is my pathway to life and leads me on the right road.

The Bible is also my instruction book of how I should live my life. Psalm 119:11 says, ”Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee”. Everyday as I read my Bible I take its truths and apply it to my life. No matter what passage I read I find some truth I can apply to my life whether it is how to live my life or how not to live my life.

We never know when an opportunity might arise for us to share God’s word with other people. It usually happens when we least expect it. I will never know what will become of the people who were in that room that day, but I pray that my conversation that day was a blessing to them. The Psalmist summed it up so perfect in Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer”.