In my last post, I mentioned my friend’s blog, Letters and Stories, and wrote a joke post showing why I’d be bad at writing stuff like that. It was loosely based on a real encounter (I was a lot more engaging in real life, I promise), and it more or less made fun of my own introverted tendencies. Haha! Isak avoids other people, especially ones that talk his ear off out of nowhere.
Little did I know that, not long after that post, God would bring a meeting that would fit pretty well within that website. It was one of the more interesting evangelistic encounters I’ve had, stretching my mind as a student and, more importantly, my heart as a minister.
How I ended up at Barnes and Noble
Every other Thursday, our church offers a young adult men’s small group. I was already nearby several hours earlier, so I debated whether I should stick around and go to this group or just go home. I was busy: I need to finish reading a book and write a short review on it, among other ministry and school things. In addition, I am, as stated above, a natural introvert, and we just had a college event last night. I like our college students as well as the men of the small group, but let’s just say that I would have enjoyed being alone tonight. I almost went home, but I felt the Spirit tugging at me to go to small group. “Fine…” I looked up a nearby Chick Fil A that I could chill at and went there… and realized that it was inside a mall. I didn’t want to walk into the mall, but in the midst of turning around, I saw a Barnes and Noble and decided to read there until it was time to go to small group.
I walked into the B&N, set up my laptop, and started to read. I only got through a few pages before an older gentlemen stopped me and asked me what I was reading. I told him that it was a book on religious epistemology, particularly Christian. Upon hearing that, he asked if he could sit down and talk to me about Jesus. I gestured for him to sit across from me, and so began a much longer night than I envisioned.