Monday, June 09, 2008

Proverbs 3:5-6 Redux

Ladies and Gentlemen, say hello to Autumn. She's a server in a little restaurant we went to for some dessert after a day messing around in Indianapolis. And at the praise time before the evening session of the Pastor's Conference.

A little background: I lived in Indianapolis ... while we were cynical youth, we referred to it as "End-A-Noplace" ... from age 14. Finished high school, flunked out of college, knocked around odd menial jobs, got a serious job that started a 50-year career, met Peg, had kids, got serious with God, and then finally moved away. So .. I asked Autumn where she went to high school and she named a school near my sister-in-law's house, the one where my nephew John lives. He's the radically-saved sold-out forty-something that's at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery Alabama, finishing up a year of training. Autumn also mentioned an AoG sponsored school in downtown Indianapolis.

When she mentioned the Assemblies, I asked if she'd ever been to Lakeview Assembly, where my nephew works with the youth. She said yes, Lakeview was the mother-church of the one she attends now, and used to go to Lakeview herself. When she said that, I mentioned my nephew worked with young people there and she asked who he was. When I said "John Cleveland", her jaw about fell off her face and she asked if I was kidding or something.

She knows him!

What made it so special (read: ironic) to me was this: she mentioned that Lakeview people were the ones that reached out to her, in her words, "while I was sitting in Juvie". Here we were, in the middle of THOUSANDS of Baptists, with SBC'ers all over the restaurant, and it was a bunch of Pentecostals who'd gone to see her, told her about Jesus, and kick-started what is now a happy, spirit-filled life, in an adorable young lady.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV)



Scripture is SOOOOO much more engrossing when you see it playing out in life. The word "acknowledge" in that verse is "to ascertain by seeing", and that's precisely what happened this evening when we only THOUGHT we were just going to get dessert and coffee.

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5 Comments:

At 5:27 PM, June 09, 2008, Blogger Scotte Hodel said...

And these kinds of stories are what make blogging worthwhile!

"DO IT AGAIN, JESUS!"

 
At 6:04 PM, June 09, 2008, Blogger LindaSueBuhl said...

You truly never know what the Lord has on your menu. What was the old TV series - the Naked City - there were 6 million stories in the nekkid city tonight we hear one. Pentecostals seem to truly REACH out and then support folks - I'm not there on the worship but admire the commitment. Hope the tip was commensurate with the spiritual caffeine she served you.(joshing you of course - our pastor asks us to overtip since most servers hate to serve "those church people" because they so often get stiffed)
BTW Bob - I'm reading the Shack on your recommend - well yours and Eugene Peterson's written comments.

 
At 10:00 PM, June 09, 2008, Blogger Bob Cleveland said...

Scotte,

Amen. It never ceases to amaze me ... each convention I've come to, something like this happens.

Linda,

We gave her about 20%, rounded. She was worth more than I can afford, though. It also interesting tonight as we had dinner there (we asked for her table) to see the SBC'ers at adjacent tables not paying any real attention to her as a person. I finally told them on both sides to ask her about Jesus and they did.

:)

 
At 7:14 AM, June 10, 2008, Blogger LindaSueBuhl said...

See Bob that is why I come back here and check on your doings - not only did you fully accept a divine appointment with your server - but gave the opportunity to be blessed by her testimony to people who weren't even paying attention to their world. Very well done. I've been continuing to read in the media about the SBC and truly desire it be positive news.

 
At 8:28 AM, June 10, 2008, Anonymous annie said...

That is so cool!!!

 

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