Listening
Off the Wall, June 13
, 2013

Recently while sitting at my kitchen table eating my Cheerios, I began to ponder a bit. After all, according to Weight Watchers, I’m not allowed to read anything or watch television. I am to sit quietly, putting my spoon down every so often, allowing time to chew my food, and commence swallowing. Sounds pretty boring, doesn’t it?

Well, with me, God has other ideas. This is His time whereby He instills in me the Holy Spirit to talk about things past or upcoming. It’s really kind of neat when I think about it. I guess the bottom line here is preparation of listening time in our busy schedules, and He will instruct all of us who call ourselves Christians to do what He wants us to do. If we don’t allow ourselves listening time, after all, He may not get a word in edgewise. It’s as simple as that.

Anyway, there I sat. The day before, I had attended the Charles D. Bancroft funeral in Greensburg. He and I go way back, as the saying goes, and I felt it was only proper I attend.

Little bits and pieces hit me as I sat munching and then laying down my spoon.

We have a lot of people in our communities whom are standouts. Some include politicians, storeowners or well-known individuals that have lived here in Latrobe all their lives. They’re icons because of their reputation as being good citizens.

But they are always people who fall in the cracks. Nobody really knows them or makes any effort to buddy up to them to make them feel a part of. Thus, they are stragglers.

This is what hit me at the kitchen table. Those so-called individuals may be angels sent to us by God to bring Jesus Christ to Kingdom living. Too many of us clump people together without really realizing that God’s Spirit is in each one of us, to be unleashed when the time comes. It existed before we were born, is in each one of us, and moves on after we are deceased. All of us hope it will be with God, but no one really knows.

It was my understanding that Charles gave his life to Christ just before he left us. In his dying breath, he stated he asked for forgiveness and accepted Jesus into his life. An angel was standing by to take necessary steps to make sure Charles had a chance to have a change of heart before moving on. What a special moment.

Now, I know the individual who realized the situation at hand and jumped into action may not call herself an angel at all, but just a Christian carrying out an act that more people should do who follow the faith.

But, in essence, that is what I’m getting at. There are so many people we come upon each day that we don’t know, but could be angels waiting to act when called upon. In our own ways, we have fluffed them off as being different and so do everything we can to avoid them.

I can only think back some 2000 years when Christ walked this earth and he was highly criticized for walking and dining among the sinners. But some that listened, had a change of heart and turned away from their ways of living and adhered to those of Christ’s.

Picture this for a moment. There you are with two of your cronies having some chicken wings and French fries with ketchup at Dino’s on Route 30. You’re laughing and having a good time when all of a sudden Jesus walks in and sits down at your table. The laughing stops. What do you say? I’m sure it’s not, “Hey dude, what’s happening?” How would you address Jesus?” I’ll leave that open for you to think about.

On the other hand, what would you say if a stranger came and sat at your table? Maybe he’s the bearer of good news, one who knows and wants to share the love of Jesus Christ. Would you tell him to get lost, that you’re not interested? So many people do just that, you know. Wonder if he actually is an angel, one of God’s finest. Would you kick him to the curb?

What happened to my friend, Charles, could happen to any one of us, you know. We really don’t know how and when our time here is up, and our spirits will live on in a whole new world – and granted – take it from me – they will. They will either live with God or be void of Him.

I believe the world is full of angels ready to introduce God and His Kingdom.

Regardless of what’s going on in your life, seek out the real truth of happiness, love and forgiveness through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Read the New American Bible that has all the books in it. Then meditate on the readings, and the Holy Spirit will speak if you listen.


- Paul J. Volkmann
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