But the other day I had an extremely busy schedule and started my day much earlier than normal. It was only 3 AM when I went into the store. There were a number of people I did not know. Though I greeted them, as is my custom, they barely gave me a nod back. Keep in mind that it was 3 AM, and many people are not overly happy at that early hour.But as I got my drink and made small talk with the employees, I could not help but notice the complete lack of hope in the eyes of the other customers. Though I have lived in the area for 18 years, I only recognized one of the other customers, a young man who had been in the youth group at my former church. He did not recognize me, though I greeted him. He too had a sad and forlorn look in his eyes.
I was so taken by their sadness that I hung back for a few minutes, pretending to look at other merchandise, hoping for an opportunity to speak of word of joy into someone’s life. But the ebb and flow of the conversations they were already having with each other did not afford such an opportunity and eventually they all left the store.In the days since then I have not been able to get the sad look in their eyes out of my mind. Their conversations, which I could not help but overhear, were filled with sadness. The sadness that seemed to consume them was more than just 3 AM sleepiness; it was from deep within their hearts.
Those precious people need a touch of joy in their lives. They need a life changing encounter with Jesus! Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. Jesus came to give abundant life. Jesus came for people just like them. Someone who knows Jesus must introduce these precious people to Him.I have been wondering lately what it would be like if several Christians adopted our Cumberland Farms and each took a turn showing up at 3 AM and just letting Jesus shine through them. It would definitely be different than the traditional Tuesday night “visitation” sponsored by the church I grew up in. But somehow, it seems that it is the kind of “visitation” that Jesus would engage in. Anyone want to join my visitation team?