“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.” (1 Corinthians 3:6-8)
“And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” (1 Kings 19:11-12)
My day was made this morning when Nancy walked by our house. A day or two earlier, I had walked by her house, only to feel a strange ‘unction’ to speak with her and her husband, as they worked in the garden together. Nancy and her husband were immigrants to Canada, from Hong Kong (I believe), and had lived here for 27 years. They appeared to be in their 60’s. As of yet, they did not know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior or Lord.
Feeling strangely warmed to share with them, I simply said, “Hi, what is your name? My name is Danny.” Since the Holy Spirit lives inside those that have come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, we can trust Him to lead us and guide us. I was confident that He was doing just that. Indeed, the unction had been correct, since they were quick to share with me.
As it turned out, Nancy and her husband Bing had three grown children, two of whom were strong born-again Christians. So I was not the first to ever speak with them about faith in Christ. Indeed, I was just “one piece of the puzzle”, so to speak. This reminds me of what the apostle Paul writes in the book of 1 Corinthians: “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.” (1 Corinthians 3:6) Here I was ‘watering’ where someone had already planted seeds. It was neither a greater or lesser responsibility in God’s eyes, but simply another responsibility to be tended to. Sovereignly, God had placed me there at that time. In obedience, I had responded to his still, small, voice. And indeed, it was not loud. (See 1 Kings 19:11-12 above).
Our conversation was light, for it did not need to be heavy, for it was evident that whenever Nancy spoke of her daughter, that her eyes seemed to “roll” and her speech confirmed, “She is r-e-a-l-l-y religious!” When Nancy named the church she went to, I knew that it was a good church (the Chinese Alliance Church downtown) and that “r-e-a-l-l-y religious!” meant, “really on fire for the Lord!” Nancy, though, had not yet “grasped” just exactly what it was all about. And time was running out! I did not feel led to say “too much” about the Lord in her midst, because I knew she had already “heard it all”. However, what I did do was to gently but forthrightly reaffirm the faith of her children to her as being the “right” path to follow. I praised them to their parents for having made such a decision as to follow Christ. In closing, wanting to leave them with something tangible, I felt led by the Lord to suggest to them that they watch a certain channel on the television (channel 61). I didn’t specify the show, trusting the Lord to lead them as they turned on the television.
To my joy, Nancy came by this morning while out on a walk. She said hello. And she also said that she had watched channel 61. Immediately, I wondered, “I wonder what type of show it was!” somehow not being willing to trust that the Lord had “really done it” in terms of having her choose the “right” show (for there are many different types of “faiths” represented on that network). Well, praise the Lord! Nancy shared with me about how Abraham had a son in his old age, and it was the perfect introduction to being able to share about this man of faith and about how it was our faith that God was interested in the most!
Nancy will come by again, and we’ll talk again, by God’s grace, about the Lord Jesus Christ. And in God’s perfect timing, God will use our encounters, and many others that I am not, and have not been, associated with, to bring Nancy and her husband Bing to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. God can, and God will, do it, through people like you and me.