Life’s little frustrations can lead to Gospel conversations.
There’s few things more frustrating than a flat tire. Yesterday my wife got one on her way to her hair appointment. I drove there as soon as I could, trying to beat the storm clouds that were rolling over the front range of the Rocky Mountains.
Quite honestly, it was frustrating. We had a double date that night and the flat tire threw a wrench (or most likely a nail) into our plans.
Flat tires and frustrating situations never seem to come at a convenient time!
When I arrived on the scene, I looked at my watch, like Denzel Washington in The Equalizer, to see how long it would take me to accomplish my task. As the clock started ticking, I pulled out the jack and the spare tire and got to work.
As I was finishing up, a young man who worked at a store nearby, came up to me and kindly offered to help.
I thanked him, told him I was almost finished with the job and put my Denzel-inspired mental stopwatch on hold to chat with him for a few minutes.
This young man’s name was Roman. He worked at the shoe store right next to where my wife was getting her hair done. He shared with me a bit about his life and background. That’s when I asked him if he had a church background. He began to open up to me and share some of the struggles he had been facing.
Soon we moved into a full-on Gospel conversation. I could tell right away it was hitting a chord down deep in his heart. Minutes later, right there in the parking lot next to a still-on-the-jack 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, he put his faith in Jesus Christ!
We prayed right there in the parking lot! Now we are working on getting him plugged into a church.
As we were saying goodbye I told Roman, “You are the reason my wife got a flat tire.” He tilted his head a bit quizzically. Then I explained, “If my wife hadn’t gotten a flat tire, then you and I wouldn’t be here right now talking about Jesus. God sent me to you through this flat tire.”
It felt like a Phillip and Ethiopian eunuch type situation (Acts 8:26-40), except, in this version, the Ethiopian’s chariot was getting a wheel replaced. 😂)
May this story be a reminder to all of us of how life’s little frustrations can lead to Gospel conversations! Those frustrations may be God’s way of sending you somewhere to talk to someone about Jesus!
“Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.” Philippians 1:12