Just this past Monday, I saw two guys standing outside a main building on campus holding signs for free prayer. In my heart, I wanted to go and talk to them, to pray with them and for them–thanking God for their courage to stand in the middle of campus and pray for others. But in my head, I made excuses… Oh I’m with my friend, and we are supposed to be eating lunch right now before class… I can come back after lunch! We went to lunch, but when I came back by, they were gone.
My heart sank when I didn’t see the signs, and I prayed and prayed that God would forgive me because I felt like I had abandoned him. He had presented Himself to me in the form of these two guys holding signs, yet I chose something else anyway. And so I prayed for forgiveness, but I also prayed for a second chance, a second opportunity to see those guys holding signs for free prayer.
Can you guess who I saw today after I left class? That’s right, they were there!
This time, I stopped, and on the busiest stretch of sidewalk on campus, we prayed.
There are so many things that I want to say about this experience, but today I will leave it to you to make your own conclusion. I will say this, though. The next time God gives you an opportunity, I pray that you will take the step toward Him and not away. Just as I learned today, there is an incredible amount of joy that comes from running to Him and living in His Sonshine.