The more I think about it, the course of events that led to a journey through Downtown Dallas this past weekend with my siblings, the more I marvel at the power of our Creator. I mean, in general, thinking about it is mind-blowing. But to witness and recall the specific details of what we experienced - how God orchestrates the connection of certain people at a certain time in their lives for the purpose of His glory…well, let me take you there.
Earlier this year, the UI Dallas family made a commitment that we would all make an improved effort to schedule times to come together in fellowship. We would do this in order to build on one another so we would be more inclined to extend the love of Christ to others. Though some have come and gone, we have been blessed with new additions to the family, playing major roles in the commission we are called. Praise God for the hearts of those ready and driven to do His will!
We’ve been in the season of the year where, it seems, everything barely fits into the schedule. Weddings, birthdays, vacations, national holidays – and the list goes on. So often, our daily rituals consume us, and we find ourselves leaving God to compete for the time He is due. Adamant not to allow life to overrun the Giver of it, we finally carved in stone a date and time to meet downtown. The appointment was set, but as always in Texas, the weather was unsure. It turns out the forecast was mid to upper 90s with about 20% chance of rain. I certainly wasn’t the only one petitioning for decent weather. Our mission was to feed the crowd, physically and spiritually, such as Jesus did on more than one occasions (Matt. 14:13; Matt. 15:29). Regardless of rain or shine, we were going to plug it out. Of course, Yahweh Yireh led the way and showed us a glimpse of His provisional grace. On the drive to the meeting location, we crossed paths with that stream of rain that so happened to reduce the temperature about ten degrees and left some cooling clouds hanging behind.
Before we had the chance to get things fully situated, we came in contact with several homeless and less fortunate. We greeted them with lunch bag, handshakes and prayers. As the last of us showed up, we circled up and gave thanks to God for what He had done to that point and was going to do.
As we cleared the core of downtown, we encountered hundreds of preoccupied souls. The heaviness in their hearts showed on their faces through both frown and smile. I couldn’t help but recall, over and over, the passage in Matthew chapter 28 about The Great Commission. “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’” (Matt. 28:18-20 ESV) Going out to recruit new followers for God’s Kingdom was definitely the main directive, but my emphasis kept queuing 2 main keys. The first was that Jesus instructed his followers to teach others to examine ALL that he commanded. He didn’t say “just the parts they want to hear to make them feel good about themselves,” but every ruling established by God (Matt. 4:4). The second was the last part of the passage; “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” This reassurance spoke by our Lord, regardless of the day’s outcome, was and is so encouraging! We were unsure of people’s acceptance of more than just the food and water we were handing out. But the one thing we were certain of is that Christ was present, and that alone changes everything!
Near the end of our trek, we finally were presented with the opportunity to engage in full conversation and express the love and importance of the Gospel of Christ. Two young men, less hurried than most others racing along the sidewalks of the rail station, were posted on a side fence. One initiated contact in the form of a question. I didn’t catch what it was, but it set an environment for us all to stop for, pray in, talk about, and encourage with the Good News for the next half hour or so. It was sincerely a wonderful experience – just knowing that Messiah was present in our obedience to His commission. Seeds were planted in order to be cultivated and produce according to His will.
As we concluded our time with the young men, we exchanged some information in order to stay in touch with them. Whether or not they will or have fully submitted their lives, or any of the people we spoke to or crossed paths for that matter, to receive Salvation in Messiah due to our feet on the ground, we may not find out in the near future. But the fact that He used us as a catalyst to touch lives for His glory is more than enough reward! “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7 NLT) He took the time to create us, save us, gather us, and send us at the appointed time and place. It is truly an honor to serve with my brothers and sisters to deliver the Good News with beautiful feet!
Genesis is a humble follower of Christ Jesus, husband of wife Halley, and servant of the Eternal Kingdom. Though he is lead graphic designer of UI, Genesis also functions as a speaker and a member of the UI Prayer Team. He has been a participant of the UI team since 2014 with the ultimate goal of using all gifts and resources to glorify The Provider of them.