Sunday, December 28, 2008

Laura's Second Chance

Rochelle and I met up and started to walk through the parking lot to see if we could meet new people. We passed a girl and Rochelle handed her a MDB. She took it and since I was about 10 feet behind Rochelle I stopped the girl to talk. I noticed that she was having trouble speaking. I couldn’t figure out if she couldn’t speak or was having trouble thinking. She did not say her name but showed me on her purple cell phone that it was ‘Laura’. I asked her some questions and I gathered that she had never gone to church. I could see that Rochelle had stopped to pray for me and I prayed that God would help me to understand this girl. She said she was not familiar with the 10 Commandments but admitted to lying. Then she stated that Jesus was dead! I told her that wasn’t true and that He lived even now! She insisted it wasn’t true. Then she didn’t want to listen anymore so I thanked her and told her we needed to go. We started to walk away. She followed and asked if she could come with us.

“You don’t agree with what we are saying so why do you want to come with us?” I asked her.

We talked for a minute before she rescinded on her admission of lying. I told Laura that she was actually an enemy of God’s right now. She told me I didn’t know God. I said that she was actually spiritually dead. She insisted that I didn’t know God and asked me his last name. I could not tell if she was being difficult or just didn’t understand. Again I thanked her and left.

This time she followed me all the way back onto the boardwalk but stayed about 15 feet away. Rochelle was talking to someone so I was alone. I walked within sight of Dennis and Jeff in case anything weird happened-you never know. She seemed like she was very troubled. I walked over to her and asked her if she had questions. She repeated that Jesus was dead. I was ready to walk away again.

Suddenly she said, “Jesus is in Heaven with God.”

“Yes, He is!”

“But He died so why you say He is alive?” she almost yelled it.

“He died and on the third day He rose from the dead, defeating Death and Hell for you and me, Laura!” I told her. “He is alive. He loves you so much that He has even kept every tear you have ever cried in a bottle! That’s how much He loves you! I am telling you the truth!”

She was troubled and put her head down in her hands on the railing. She stood up and said, “I know!! He is dead and in Heaven. “ She made a gun with her hand and pointed it at her chest. “I tried to kill myself!”

“Why Laura?” I asked her.

“Because I wanted to go to Heaven with Jesus!” She was really frustrated.

“He loves you so much that He didn’t let you die!” I replied.

“But I wanted to die!” she cried.

“If you had died you would have gone straight to Hell-you would be there now! He brought you back so that you could have another chance to follow Him!” I told her.

At this she put her head in her hands and cried. She continued to cry for a few minutes and I could see she was really in pain. Then she turned and hurried away.

Act 13:47 For so the Lord has commanded us, "I have set You to be a light of the nations, for salvation to the end of the earth."

This world is so dark. Sometimes when the Light shines into our eyes, it hurts.

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