By Claudia Koenig
It was right after New Year’s and very cold. Due to the weather, not a lot of people were out. We were at Home Depot in a new neighborhood looking for a particular kind of glue. There were just a few customers and helpers around.
I wasn’t too sure in which direction to go. As I was thinking and reading the signs, a young, foreign lady walked up to me and asked me if I needed some help. I told her that I needed advice as to what kind of glue to get for metal.
She led me to the aisle where all the glues were. We talked about what I needed, and she was very helpful in suggesting exactly what kind of glue I should use.
As we walked down the aisle together, I said, “I hope that your new year brings you many blessings.” She smiled a curious smile and thanked me. We stopped walking, and I continued my conversation, “In order for you to receive blessings, you must talk to God. Have you ever talked with Him?”
She responded, “Yes.”
I then proceeded, “Have you ever asked Jesus to be the Savior of your soul?”
She said, “Yes.”
I asked her, “When did you do that?”
She looked at me and said, “I am Catholic. I ask every day.”
I then drew closer to her. “Let’s pray and ask Him once and for all that you may be assured you will go to heaven. And you won’t have to ask Him again. He will make Himself real to you, and you will know that your soul is saved.”
I said, “There is no one around. No one knows what we are talking about or that we are praying. Let’s pray.” She bowed her head, as did I, and we prayed. She received Jesus as the personal Savior of her soul, asked for forgiveness of her sins, and gave her life to Him to be used for His glory.
Afterward, she sweetly thanked me. I told her, “Now you can be assured that Jesus has you in His very hands. No one can take you out of them, not even you.” She smiled big, as did I.
We talked about reading the Bible to know her Savior and His love for her and then hugged each other as if we had known each other for a long time. God’s love is in both of us—no more strangers, but sisters in Jesus.
“Abba Father, how faithful You are to get us out in the cold—when hardly anyone is out—just because You were drawing a soul to Your Son.”
“Jesus, how wonderful to be assured that You are the Savior of souls. All one has to do is to ask You. You will receive anyone at any moment into Your love and make them Your very own.”
“Holy Spirit, how You prompted us to go to Home Depot because God, the Most High, had one soul in that store to give to His Son!”
And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. - Mark 12:31
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. - Romans 5:5
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? - Romans 8:35
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 8:39
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. - Romans 13:8
All scripture is KJV.