Today, I met two people who showed me that the Lord can use anyone as His instrument when He wishes to speak to us in our everyday life. He taught me an important lesson through the most unlikely evangelists and I am better because of them.
It’s been a busy day and a busy week. The last person on my rounds was someone I had agreed to see at the last minute; but when I realized how tight my day was going to be, I instantly regretted taking on the visit.
In the middle of my hectic afternoon, I received a phone call. On the other end was the daughter of the new patient whom I had yet to visit. She seemed impatient and more than a bit rude as she asked where I was and if I was still coming. In a very matter-of-fact tone, I explained that the agreed upon time had not yet passed and that I would be there as arranged.
As I drove to their residence, in my head I was picturing what the daughter must be like: demanding, rude, condescending, impatient. What greeted me at the door was so far from what I had expected. When your job involves visiting people in their homes, you learn to quickly and subtly scan the living space to get clues about what its inhabitants are like. I saw a family struggling financially and an anxious, pretty young woman doing her best to look after a wheelchair-bound parent in a humble dwelling that lacked many of the comforts of home. Within minutes of talking to both of them and observing their mutual devotion, I realized how wrong I had been.
These two humble, struggling people taught me about making assumptions and prejudging a person’s character. In my busy-ness and self-importance, I reacted uncharitably to an innocent phone call from an over-burdened young caregiver. Without taking the time to know her, I had dismissed her.
God uses all His children in His plan of salvation and evangelists can be the least likely people. I just needed to open my eyes and soften my hardened heart to see that the two people I had spent time with were living the Gospel, and in their daily trials and self-sacrifice, were preaching it with their lives. Two extraordinary evangelists reminded me that things are not always as they seem and what I am called to do is to meet and love my neighbour where they’re at.