Nic At Night

Our pastor has a saying for them. He calls them “God moments” because they are times when God appears to be setting things up so that His name can be made known. Such a time happened not long ago when my son and I found ourselves at a Wendy’s restaurant. Could it really be that hunger pangs could be an indication that a “God moment” is about to occur? In this case, it was so. I don’t normally fly off to Wendy’s to satisfy a craving. Normally, I do just like everyone else does – I open the fridge and find some food. But this time, I decided to go to Wendy’s, and I took my son along with me.

We ordered our food and sat down. At the next table over was a man likely in his late teens, and we began talking. I noticed the man’s shirt, which stood out. I said, “Where did you get the shirt from?” He replied, “At a wrestling match in Boston which I was recently at.” I said, “Really? So you like wrestling, eh?” “Yes,” he said. I thought to ask him if this was the “fake” kind of wrestling that is on TV (which I used to watch when I was about 10 years old). As I was starting to ask him, he guessed the question I was going to ask and completed my sentence by saying, “You want to know if it’s fake wrestling?” “Uh … right,” I said to him. “That’s exactly what I was going to ask.” He replied, “Yup. It is. But I like it. It’s good entertainment.”

I said, “What’s your name?” He said, “Nick.” I said, “Hi Nick. That’s really interesting what you are sharing about wrestling. I used to watch wrestling when I was maybe around 10 or so. I remember “Giant Jean Ferre” and “Mad Dog Vachon”, I said to him. We talked a little further and then I turned to my son, who was right in front of me, and said, as I thought about Nick’s name – “Nic at Night. Where do I remember that from?” While looking at my son I then remembered it was from one of my son’s plays that was put on at church, that my son had acted in. It was the story of how Nicodemus had come to Jesus at night.

I turned to the man – Nick, he had said his name was – and said, using the man’s name as a kind of a springboard, “Nic at Night – that’s a play that my son acted in. It’s about a man named Nicodemus. It’s from the Bible. Have you heard of him before?” He replied, “I can’t say that I have.” “Well, I replied, he was a man who was a religious leader in Israel, and he was afraid to beg seen with Jesus during the day, so he came to Him by night to ask Him some questions. And one of the questions he asked Him was concerning what he had to do in order to go to heaven. Jesus replied, “Except a man be born again, he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.” (John 3:3).

As a result of this man’s name – Nick – and the fact that my son was there (to remind me about the play that he was in) and the fact that we chose to sit right beside Nick at the restaurant – and on account of the fact that we were even at the restaurant to begin with – well, we were experiencing a “God moment”. It really WAS a “God moment” because discussing the story of Nicodemus with Nick was just as natural as taking a walk or drinking a glass of water. It was that easy. And it was very fulfilling and rewarding, too. I knew that God was wanting to speak to Nick about his own need for the Savior. And I also left him with the FCET web address to check out, as well.

“God moments” may happen at any time. They are not something we plan. They are something God plans. When they do happen, it’s as easy as a piece of cake to do what God has called you to do in the midst of them. Just do what comes naturally – love the person and share with them from your heart. If possible, try to leave the person with some type of resource that they can go to when you are no longer with them such as a web site address and/or encourage them and tell them that you will be praying for them. And remember to pray for them. People may come to know the Lord in a variety of ways, but when a “God moment” occurs like this, you can be sure that God is in it, and the seed that has been sown will not return void.

“Father, you desire to reach the entire world with the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. You have chosen to use your children – those that have trusted you – in order to accomplish that global task. Father, I ask you today to use me, and to set up specific “God moments” that I can be a part of, in which you can and will use me for your glory. For it is Christ’s name that I pray. Amen.”