Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy Easter?

I recently had the following interaction and I'm not quite sure what to make of it.  I would appreciate you (yes you!) giving me some input.

One morning I was outside with my wife and kids playing in the yard.  An older gentlemen slowly walks by.  You should know that this gentlemen walks by quite often (and he uses a cane, which is awesome).  I'm guessing we're on a route that he walks daily in order to get his exercise.  We've had some small talk usually surrounding our crazy boys and his grandson. 

I've thought on multiple occasions that we should: reach out to this guy / start a deeper conversation / share the Gospel / see how we can meet his needs.  But as of yet (and to my own shame) I had not done that.

Well on this particular morning we have our usual small talk, and as he turns to go he says "Happy Easter."  Then after a few more steps he calls out "He is risen!"

That's it.  That's the interaction that's currently puzzling me.  What do you think?

First off, I think it's awesome that he's probably a follower of Jesus.  But secondly, I can't help but see the irony that he was probably feeling the need to reach out/start a deep conversation/share the gospel with ME. 

What's up with that?  Why do I always have to "get to know someone" before I bring Jesus into the conversation?  (In this case, congratulations to this gentlemen for bringing the risen Savior up way before I did.)

Your thoughts?

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