Today as I was leaving the office, I decided to make a quick stop by the mulberry tree just outside my office. I love mulberries. But today wasn’t going to be about mulberries.
After snacking on a few, a young man probably in his late twenties came walking my way. He proceeded to tell me that he was a recovering addict and had been clean for 18 months. He also shared with me that he had recently fell off the wagon a few weeks ago.
He was walking by another church and had a conversation with the pastor. The pastor invited him to church. Shortly after the conversation, he gave in to his temptation and found himself at the bottom of the barrel all over again. He mentioned that he felt like God was trying to deter him from it (referring to the conversation with the pastor) but he ignored it.
Today he felt like he was given another chance. It wasn’t a coincidence that I was there eating some mulberries. I had every intention of heading home. I even parked on the other side of the church and due to habit went out the door near the mulberry tree.
I proceeded to talk to him about how it seemed God was wanting to give him another chance and our interaction was part of God’s plan. I put my arm around him and had a word of prayer with him. He said I would see him in church this Sunday. I hope so.
I love it when God takes our ordinary days and our ordinary moments and does something extraordinary. Even under the mulberry tree. I am also reminded that “reaching people where they are” is really my life mission. I am thankful that I didn’t miss this opportunity today.