John 17:13, 15-16 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them…My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.”
Two days ago I met “Susan” on the bus. She sat all the way in the back; I chose a seat four rows in front of her for the short ride to Anacortes, where I would be meeting some friends to experience some divine encounters at the Farmer’s Market. The irony is, I couldn’t wait to get off the bus and get away from Susan, who WAS my divine encounter, because a full measure of negativity had reached critical mass in her life, and she wanted to talk. It’s sad that I missed it. It was hard to hear her talk, let alone respond, for she was in no mood to listen; she simply wanted to spew her distain and hatred for everything in this world. I missed it. I wish I could have asked her to join me and my friends at the Market, where I would have shared John 17 with her. As Susan trashed parenting, the job market, trust, love, and even Jesus…she accurately captured the spirit of this world. Satan is the prince and ruler of the air….this is his kingdom, and while I’ve learned how to both flourish and live in God’s joy and protection, Susan has experienced the full blunt force of Satan stealing her joy and her purpose. He came to lie, steal, and destroy the “good news” that Susan needs to hear. Of course, Susan wasn’t in any mood to hear…but when I meet her again, I will share that she is right (it’s a pretty dark world,) and if we choose to love and accept the words of Jesus, we are no longer “Of this world,” and things might begin to make more sense for her. The light of Christ is a lamp that goes before my path, illuminating my way with His love. Susan needs to know this.
Father, give me a second chance please, to sit down with Susan, and Lord willing, if she will listen, I will tell her about “The Truth,” the son Jesus, who makes sense in a world that has lost all reason.