Hidden Agendas

Hi, Everyone!

Last week my phone died. It wouldn’t charge, and the charger worked on another phone, so I took it to an AT&T repair store hoping for a quick fix. But I was annoyed and a bit frustrated as I had a super busy day at work, and this interruption would set me back. Nevertheless, I made a call to the store, talked to Jay, and he told me to come right in as they weren’t busy.

When I arrived, Jay greeted me at the door and recognized my voice as the lady who had called. He was a 20-something black guy with a huge smile and helpful attitude. No one else was in the store except for another 20-something employee named Shamir who also seemed friendly and actually wanted to engage in conversation. Shamir asked me what I do for a living. Oh, boy!

I asked Shamir where he went to church and that started the incredible exchange about Pastor Tim Johnson’s vibrant church and ministry. Shamir had just moved here from New York and didn’t have a church home. The next thing I knew, I was standing behind the counter with Shamir bringing up our website on his computer and talking about Good Life 45, racial reconciliation, the Pulse LGBT panel, human trafficking, former NFL player Pastor Tim Johnson, former MLB player Darryl Strawberry…and Jesus. Together, we listened to a piece of Tim’s racial reconciliation program, and Shamir was hooked. He said he wanted to go home and watch the entire show. I told him that Darryl Strawberry attended Orlando World Outreach Center, Pastor Tim’s church, and he wants to look into visiting.

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Darryl Strawberry, Tracy Strawberry, and Tim Johnson, during a recent visit to GL45.

Oh, and by the way, there’s nothing wrong with my phone. Jay re-booted it, and it works fine. Divine appointment? You decide. Did disrupting my day’s schedule matter? Did those 2 lives matter? Shamir shook my hand as I left, and Jay walked me to the door and held it open for me. I felt like I’d made 2 good friends for such a time as this. Lord, I pray that Your hand will be all over those precious guys. Thank you for the brief but special time we spent together and how you love each one of us. Help me to watch more carefully for those unique opportunities that You bring across our paths. Oh, and thank you, Lord, that my phone still works. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Blessings on your day,