I am sitting in a local coffee shop, keeping to myself, studying an article concerning misconceptions of the Gospels. Good read.
Not too long ago, An elderly man walked into the shoppe and sat himself on the couch adjacent to the sofa chair I occupied about thirty minutes prior. I didn’t pay too much mind to him, and went on highlighting a portion of the article. For another half hour to forty minutes, I observed this man who had been falling in and out of slumber, right there in the coffee shoppe. These couches are super cozy, guys. I certainly don’t blame him.
Anyway- The last time I looked up from my article, we made eye contact and began to chat. He had been waiting on the establishment’s computer, currently (and still, thirty minutes later) occupied by a customer. He asked what I was studying so I showed him the article, and explained what it was about.
His name is Rodger Wilson. He had to have been in his late seventies, and he says “it is [his] lifelong passion to lead others to Jesus.” He said to me, “I think the misconception is, many churches preach that we have to do all this work to PLEASE God. But God’s already done the work! We just have to follow Jesus. Live like Him.”
He unfortunately had to get out of here in a hurry, but as he left, he shook my hand and said he hopes he sees me again. I hope to see him too, and I’m almost sure I will.
For my revelation and inspiration today, I am so thankful for Mr. Rodger Wilson. God surely brought him to this coffee shop for a divine reason.
It is so wonderful that I can sit here with an ordinary man and have such an extraordinary experience. Expanding on that, I am lead to the Apostles. All ordinary men, doing extraordinary things in the name of God. Rodger Wilson is an ordinary man, in a coffee shop, who happened to do something extraordinary in my life today, in the name of God. Much like the Apostles.
As a Christian, I have found it is so important to discuss things like this with our fellow Christians. Now, this is all new to me, but I think one of the most beautiful things about life, Christian or not, is community. I meet someone every day through my faith in Jesus Christ. Today, it was Rodger Wilson, whose PASSION is Jesus.
Yesterday, I met a man named Michael who had traveled here from Detroit and now lives on the streets, getting around on his bike. I don’t think many see the extraordinary quality in this ordinary man.
I shared some macaroni salad with him as he told me, “I’m not homeless, per say. What I mean is, just because I don’t have a house, doesn’t mean I don’t have a home.” His bathtub is the river. His carpet is the grass and his roof, the heavens. His home is anywhere, simply because he is with God everywhere.
He asked what I was doing in the park with my friend and was tickled that two teenage girls would “rather have a spontaneous picnic in an old park, than go to the mall or something.” Haha. I told him it felt like a good time for a picnic, and He pointed out his empty wrist where his watch used to be. He told me to always remember that time really is of the essence. “Live for the moment, and never ever take it for granted.” he told me, as he looked right into my eyes, and I could see how passionate he was about it. He was wise. It surely was a beautiful experience.
That’s the word. Beautiful. These two experiences, one after the other, are exactly what I love about being a part of this community. Scripture is largely about ordinary men doing extraordinary things. That’s much like what I’ve experienced the past two days. Two days, two ordinary men, two extraordinary experiences.
What had God has been showing me lately? Extraordinary things don’t necessarily require extraordinary people to implement them.
I’m extremely ordinary. 17, senior in high school, average grades, average sized group of friends, average looks… I’m pretty darn average. Hahaha. But That certainly does not go to say that I can’t accomplish above average things. I can, as can the business man sitting across from me and the battered bunch of folks chatting behind me. We’re all for the most part ordinary people. We just have to be ready and completely willing to do extraordinary things in the name of Jesus Christ, for the Kingdom of God, and We will.