By Erin Ulerich
A truck drew them into my yard. A rusty, sandy truck that had obviously seen better days.
Rather, it was a little boy’s love for trucks, that irresistible urge that transcends cultures.
The little boy’s family was in America visiting for a short time. Their visit brought them into French Camp, literally into my backyard with the playground and sand pile. We talked as he played. They asked many questions about French Camp and about FCA. After a few moments our conversation turned toward religion.
After telling me about the religion in her country one of the ladies said. “I’ve never studied the Bible, but I like the America religion. The Christians I have met” – She paused searching for words, and I cringed inwardly, wondering what impression had been made on her – “They are people with a power in their hearts.”
As we talked I could see that God is growing a curiosity about Himself in her heart based on the Christians she’s met.
This encounter reminds me of the staff at French Camp Academy. We all have the same goal of sharing the love of Christ to students through our words and actions. We won’t all have the privilege of leading students to Christ, but hopefully, we move students toward that point through our day-to-day interactions with them. We share, knowing only God can turn curiosity into a true hunger for Him.
Her words still ring in my ears They are people with a power in their hearts.
What a great statement to ponder as Easter approaches. Easter is about God’s power. It is when God showed His power by raising Jesus from the dead to provide a way for us to be in relationship with Him. It is when He showed His power to bring people out of darkness and into His marvelous light.
And when we have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, the power that did these things is the same power we have living inside of us.
The lady in my backyard was right. Christians are a people with a power in our hearts. It is God’s power. And it changes lives in a most remarkable way.
Sometimes God brings people across the world to show them a glimpse of Himself. And sometimes He uses the tiniest things.
Like a rusty, sandy, truck.