Yesterday one of the locals that is with Samaritan’s Purse was talking to us and some of the other volunteers about what we’ve done while we were here working on a Hurricane Sandy damaged home. He said, “I can’t believe you came all the way to New York and missed Coney Island!” Diane told him that we were going there Saturday on our way home. We knew we couldn’t come all this way and miss Coney Island!
I know I miss things. But I sure try not to. When we came to New York to serve Jesus on this mission trip, the work on the house was the primary reason we came. But Kevin is right. While we’re on this journey, and while we’ll be driving by Coney Island, how can we allow ourselves to miss it? We won’t! We’ll experience Coney Island tomorrow. And we’ve been to the beach, and will probably go back tonight. We’ve been to Times Square, rode the the Staten Island Ferry past the Statue of Liberty, and ate at a New York Pizzaria, as well.
Some of our brothers and sisters in Christ were so close to going to Haiti with Diane, Adam, and me in March. And wow, did they miss out. Some were so close to coming to New York. And they missed it. It really is sad when we get so close to something so awesome and end up missing out on the opportunity.
I’m reminds about Paul talking to King Agrippa in Acts chapter 26 and the King says, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian”. The King is so close, yet misses the chance to become a follower of Jesus. The Bible is full of stories about people coming close to Jesus, but not becoming a follower. It’s also full of stories about people who do become followers, yet miss chances to be obedient and to be faithful to Jesus. There’s more to this life of following Jesus than we often understand. Keep your eyes and your options open and don’t miss the things Jesus has for you when they’re so close.