An Unexpected Reminder
Our LORD is such a loving and kind God! It is so neat when He gives us those unexpected blessings that we never even thought to pray for. Such was the case for me and Savannah the other day. As we were enjoying the blessing, we got to meet a painter named Rebecca. She was painting a beautiful picture of a botanical garden; one look at her canvas showed that she was very skilled and experienced in the art of painting! As we were conversing with her about her art, we started talking to her about spiritual things. We soon found out that she was Jewish and had multiple relatives who were Rabbis. I was excited about an opportunity not only to witness to one of God’s chosen people but also to ask her questions in order to learn about what current day Jews teach and believe. Her answers were very informed, but one of her answers was the saddest thing that I had heard in a very long time. I asked her what current Judaism believes about the afterlife and how to get to Heaven. She responded, “I don’t have any answer for that. Jews don’t EVER talk about the afterlife. We were taught to focus on making the current world the best place that we can.” She then went on to explain that death had been a fear of hers due to this fact. I was able to give her the gospel and show her how those fears can be lost at the cross of Calvary! As Savannah and I walked away, I was reminded that what had just happened was one of the main things that missions is all about: finding people who are living in fear because they don’t have the truth and then giving them the Word of God.