Beautiful Stranger

Romans 10:14-15 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”

A beautiful stranger passed by and told me about Jesus. They connected Him to the Christmas story, saying Jesus was the baby the angels talked about. All the camp leaders spoke of it as though it were true. “If this is what Christmas was about, why had I never heard about it before?”, my 5yr old mind wondered.

There’s a story in the 18th chapter of the Gospel of Luke, entitled, ‘A Blind Beggar Receives His Sight’. Starting at verse 35:

35 As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.36 And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. 37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38 And he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.” 42 And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.” 43 And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

This story actually connects very well to my camp experience. By the end of that week I had almost memorized a catchy tune:
“The blind man sat by the road and he cried,
The blind man sat by the road and he cried,
The blind man sat by the road and he cried,
Oh, Oh, Oh,
Show me the truth, Show me the Life, Show me the way,
The way to go home. Bom bom bom bom bom bom bom.”

I don’t think I accepted Jesus that day. I was a skeptical child about trusting strangers. But they sure created a lasting itch I needed to scratch in future times.

Will YOU be obedient to Christ to be a blessed stranger? Give praise to the Lord as it bubbles up in your heart? Be bold enough to mention the reason for the hope that dwells in you?

Dear Jesus, Praise Your great name for sending those beautiful strangers. Thank-You for their faithfulness to point hearts to You. May You send us, give us boldness, and direction. Thank-You for promising to be with us when we go. ~Amen.

A blind person can’t see, but they can smell the Aroma of Christ