So it’s been a bit quiet around here lately. My family and I just got back from a little vacation time in Colorado. Interestingly enough when we vacation from work, we do not vacation from being a follower of Jesus Christ.
We had planned on spending a week in a remote cabin in the mountains outside of Colorado Springs. When we arrived it was everything we had hoped for; peace and quiet, seclusion, and all the beauty of nature. We had dinner and tucked in for bed. Then we heard a loud pounding on the front door of our secluded cabin (I stress secluded!). I woke up from a dead sleep and looked over at the clock. It was 12:00 am! To say I was scared was to underscore the point. Someone was out there and I kept having flash backs to the movie Deliverance. We called the Sheriffs department to ask someone to come out…long, long, long story short the owner of the cabin we were renting had booked us for the wrong dates and consequently the cabin was double booked with my family on the short end. Now at 1:00am in the morning we packed up all of the things we just unpacked and headed down the mountain to find a hotel for the night.
We tried the first hotel. No vacancy. The second had no vacancy as well. The third and the fourth both too had the same answer. Finally we found a Motel 8 at 2:45am with two rooms available. We grabbed one up. That’s when I met Jay, the night manager.
Jay is Indian and is originally from Fuji. We talked a bit that night as I explained my families story. He was sympathetic to us and really felt bad at what had happened. The next morning as I came down to get some breakfast for my two little kids Jay and I got talking again. Things shifted to spiritual matters and we shared how we each connected with God. For the rest of the morning Jay and I had on and off conversations about God and Jesus and Christianity and Buddhism. We had some really great moments.
I guess I now know what it must have felt like for Samuel to be called by God (1 Samuel 3). At first it made no sense whatsoever. In fact Samuel was probably more annoyed with God than the Bible lets on. He was in a dead sleep and kept getting interrupted. But God had something for Samuel and it was important enough for God to interrupt his plans. We are never to take vacation from serving the Lord and if that means that he calls us down the mountain from our vacation spot to speak to one of those whom he created and loves than so be it.
I invited Jay to read my blog and Jay I hope you do. I know that our meeting was no accident and that you are being pursued by God through Jesus. I am praying that you find the path.
How has God interrupted you lately?