Do You Have A Bag?

I was walking home from a meeting one evening and there were two young men – students, I presume – on their porch. A woman about their age was walking toward me with her dog on a leash. The dog stopped in the yard in front of the young men’s apartment and began to do its business when the woman turned somewhat sheepishly to the boys and said:

I’m so sorry! I forgot to bring a bag with me. Do you have a small bag?

I do not take kindly to dogs leaving their droppings on my lawn, and I am literally surrounded by canines whose owners don’t always control their pets’ whereabouts. I must say that I don’t react the way those boys did. They assured the young woman that there was no need to worry. They laughed and the next thing I knew, the three of them were chatting and laughing together. It was clear they did not know each other previously, but were fast becoming friends. And I got to thinking – Was this intentional on her part? Is this the “pick-up” line that is in vogue now, the way people who are attracted to other people break the ice?!

The Bible tells us that God’s ways are not our ways. (Isaiah 55:8.) But I have to say that God’s are not the only ways that aren’t the approach I would think to take!

I don’t know how it turned out because I continued on my way; but it looked as if the boys were “in the bag”, so to speak. Or, at least they were on the hook. What will happen to you today to indicate that God is attempting to do the same with you?

A blessed Tuesday.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.