This afternoon, I drove up Evans Road en route to Manhattan to eat with a friend. As always, I look at The Connection to make sure everything is “Okay”. Many times there are boys playing basketball… other times soccer… and sometimes everything is still, waiting, and beckoning for children to come and play in this safe place. But today, a lone figure was sitting on one of the benches.
I didn’t hear a voice… and I can’t even tell you how He spoke to me… the only explanation is the Holy Spirit interrupted my thoughts pushing away the song I was singing… and told me to check on this lone young man.
I pulled in and approached the boy. I asked if he was okay and explained that God told me to check on him. He was waiting for his family to come home. He had returned home from work and discovered he was locked out and his family was not home. I invited him inside and a meal was prepared of crackers, fruit cups, and fruit roll ups…. but… there was another hunger that would soon be revealed.
We sat while he began to eat and I played one of Lecrae’s new songs, “Worth it”. The young man looked to me and asked me, “Why really did you stop to help me”. I again stated that God told me to check on him.
He began to cry and share of his life and how he had walked away from Jesus. We spent some time together talking about our sins and of how God loves us so much that he sees us in our sin and waits for us to return to him. He asked to pray and repent of his sins before the Lord. We bowed to our knees with our hangs grasped together confessing, thanking, praising and petitioning before the Lord.
I picked up the pieces of dirt we saw in the carpet on the floor… I explained the confessed sins have fallen from us as this dirt, that we have been cleansed by the Holy Spirit, and that Jesus has forgiven us. We talked of this sin and how Christ wants us to leave it here, and because he has forgiven us, we have to also forgive ourselves.
We departed with hugs and smiling through our tears. I assured him that he was not locked out of his house by accident, he did not make his way to the court by accident, and I did not pass by at this exact moment by accident… this moment was designed by our Lord in his compassion and love for this young man.
This young man humbled himself before the Lord. I humbled myself before the Lord and this young man. So often leaders can be seen as unapproachable sinless examples…. but all have sinned and come short of the Glory of Go! We connected as two sinners on the same field coming before the Lord. He relaxed that he wasn’t alone in his struggle with sin, he was relieved that he wasn’t alone in the need to repent. And though our sins were different he knew that we were the same… two children with a father and creator that loves us both and calls us to repentance.
He said when playing basketball on The Connection court, he feels the Lord in this place… and this is why he came here today… he was searching for redemption and peace… and our Lord was drawing him and waiting for him to come to him… and he was found!