Divine Encounter, Part 2

(Continued from yesterday.)

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18)

I walked into the Wendy’s and felt refreshed. Maybe it was the cool air hitting my head, as I felt the air conditioned breeze sweep by me. Maybe it was the fact that I knew I was going to get something to eat and that in itself would provide a refreshment. Or, maybe it was something else. Maybe God was about to do something. Something really cool. Something really special. Something that would leave me “buzzing” at the end of the evening, when I would finally walk out of that restaurant almost three hours later.

I proceeded to purchase the usual. Chili. Fries. And a diet coke. I went to find a seat and spotted the one that was in the usual place that we all sat at when we were there as a family. I sat down, with Bible, journal, and pen in hand. This would be a good evening, after all, I thought to myself. My thoughts began to settle. Somehow, I had peace sitting there in that restaurant. It seemed like there was more peace there than at any other time during that day. Why? What was God doing? Why had God led me here to this restaurant? I couldn’t fathom it. But frankly, I didn’t care, either. I was not overly preoccupied with trying to figure God out. I was just enjoying his presense, that’s all. And what could be better, than a meal in hand, and a Bible, and a pen, and journal, so that I could take notes as I skimmed the pages of Scripture? Ahh. I very much looked forward to it.

It wasn’t more than a few minutes, really, before something happened. Something (or should I say Someone) caused me to turn my head to talk with the people who were sitting behind me at the other table. They were two very friendly people, just enjoying a conversation. One thing that was really obvious was that they were approachable. There was no fear in the conversation that I would have with them. That was a good thing. Because the Bible said that fear involved punishment. But that perfect love casts out fear. (1 John 4:18) Could it be that Jesus Christ, the author of my salvation, had set this time up, full of the Holy Spirit, full of love, for people that were sitting right across from me?

Stay tuned for part 3!