Used Car Salesman
When someone says, “Used car salesman,” we all get a certain impression in our mind don’t we? And yet, what would we do without them? When we need a used car, we need someone to sell it to us. And the salesperson is just doing his/her job. We want a good deal, and they want us to think we are getting a good deal. It’s a game we play, and for some of us, like my husband, it’s not a lot of fun. Me, on the other hand, I kind of enjoy the whole process. But never have I enjoyed it as much as I did just recently purchasing a used car. Did we get a good deal? We hope so. But we got to experience so much more than that.
Buying a car takes time…lots of time. Much of our time was spent sitting in an office. The deal had been made, we just needed to see the finance guy and sign the stack of papers it takes to drive away with a car. After some time had passed, the salesman came in and sat down. I think he felt bad that we were having to wait so long. I think he also felt bad because he had friends who were expecting him 30 minutes ago at a night spot where they would be meeting. He began to chat with us...I could feel something in the room start to change. It seemed the Holy Spirit was letting me know it was time to tune into something more than just buying a car. I listened closely to what he was saying, and then I “heard” the creak of a “door” start to open in our conversation as he told us he wouldn’t be drinking and driving tonight because he had suffered the loss of a family member who had been killed by a drunk driver. That was the beginning of about a 30-minute conversation, which included all the most difficult, and yet commonly asked, questions by people who believe in God but are not yet sure Jesus is Lord. Did we have the ability to answer all those questions? No. But the Holy Spirit did. In Luke 12:11-12, it says, “And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” As this young man asked question after question, personally, I thought of panicking. But instead, as he talked, I prayed, asking God for wisdom. With the Holy Spirit’s help, Jim and I experienced an amazing exchange of thoughts, ideas, and Truth with him. We saw the design of our loving God in putting us together on this day. Did he give his heart to Jesus when we were done? No, he didn’t. But he did have a lot to think about as he entered into the rest of the evening with his friends. When we were done, I encouraged him to keep on searching, and asking the questions. I let him know that if he asked God to show him the Truth, encouraging him not to push Jesus aside in that quest, that God would reveal Himself to him.
Searching And Noticing the Divine happens anytime, anywhere, with anyone… even while spending time with a used car salesmen. Why not? It reminded me of the song we sang in church this morning, which says, “When You walk into the room, everything changes. Darkness starts to tremble at the light that You bring.” The “door” creaked open and “Jesus” walked into that sales office. As we sat there with an intelligent young man who answered our questions about cars, God used us to answer his questions about Jesus. Jim and I left that night with a new-used car. Our salesman left with seeds of Truth planted, and watered. We trust God will make them grow.
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.
1 Corinthians 3:6 (NIV)