the weblog of Alan Knox

Freedom in chains?

Posted by on Sep 29, 2008 in blog links, discipleship | Comments Off on Freedom in chains?

David, at “discipleMexico“, has written a very good post called “Freedom“. Apparently, David was detained in a Mexican jail for 33 hours following a traffic accident. During the time that he was in jail, God gave him several opportunities to speak about freedom in Christ.

Here is part of David’s story:

In Mérida, I was made to wait in a room with three benches and an air conditioner that had seen its best days perhaps 10 years ago, but I was not alone. It “just so happened” that, there with me in the “waiting room” was a man who we’ll call José. He had arrived the day before, having crashed his car while driving drunk on his way home from work on the other side of the peninsula, but that wasn’t the whole story. He was also a prodigal son.

He had once had a vibrant relationship with the Lord and had been an active member of the Christian community, but his work had isolated him, and in his isolation his bad choices multiplied. The crash was the end of a slippery slope that had left more than his car in a wreck, but sometimes it takes hitting bottom before we begin to look up.

José told me his story, and I told him mine, but I didn’t end it with the story of the accident. I told him that although God hadn’t caused my accident, that my meeting with him was certainly more than coincidental. I told him of the Father that welcomes home all who return to Him, and I invited him to start the journey back. We prayed, and in that detention center, we felt the presence of God. We knew that even though it seemed that our immediate future was out of our hands, we knew the hands that held our eternity.

José wasn’t the only one in the room with me. There were two youth who had been detained for driving drunk, and two others who were in the middle of a dispute between their respective insurance companies. While we waited for news about our situation, we formed a community: we talked about our families and our faith, we shared everything from the food that was brought to us to the floor that we slept on, but what filled me with the most joy was our last moments together.

It was exciting and encouraging for me to read about how David allowed God to use him in this unexpected “opportunity”. How about you? Has God given you some unexpected opportunities to speak about Him? Did you take advantage of those opportunities?