Today was the final moving day for my daughter, Kenturah’s belongings. She had traveled to Ghana, Africa with the expectation that she would sublease her apartment during the six months she would be away. Unfortunately, after she settled in her new location, the apartment owner had a change of mind and would not allow the sublease. I suggested she cut her losses and let me move her things into storage. She said she didn’t like the idea that I would be stuck with the job, but I told her, “Hey, that’s what dads do.” Actually, that’s what dads and and moms do with a little help from their friends.
Moving day finally came to an end, so my wife and I stopped at a coffee shop to celebrate (at my daughter’s expense). It was a pleasant day, so we sat at one of the outdoor tables. I sipped my coffee and did this small (4.5″x6″) painting of two patrons. All the while, I was thinking of her neighbor, whom I met as we were loading furniture. He expressed regret that Kenturah was moving because she, along with the other tenants were quiet neighbors. As the conversation went along, he told how he was away from his apartment for two months, but chose to remain at his place. He did agree that six months was a long time to pay for a vacant apartment.
Knowing But Not Acting
I asked him if he had been traveling during his two month absence. He indicated that he had faced a life-threatening illness. When I reminded him that God was the ultimate healer, he acknowledged that he had had divine intervention. We talked about God for a bit, then I asked him if he had a personal relationship with God through Christ. He looked a bit uncertain, so I told him what Jesus said, “No man comes to the Father but by Me.” John 14:6. Then I told him that the way to connect with God the Father was by Romans 10:9,10. He said he knew he needed to do that but he wasn’t ready.
Many Christians think that it is improper to put demands on people to accept Christ, but I remember what 2 Corinthians 5:20 says, “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” To beseech means ‘ask (someone) urgently and fervently to do something; implore; entreat.’ So, I beseeched and implored him to give his life to Jesus, but he said once again he knew he needed to, but was not ready.
Final Moving Day
I gave him a Talent Search tract with my phone number on the back and told him to call me when he was ready to make the decision. I hope he doesn’t wait till it’s too late because the final moving day is coming when only those who have a lease will be able to enter God’s dwelling place.