Stories of us: Claire
Hi, I’m Claire. I’m an archaeologist specialising in Aboriginal heritage. The week before the toilet paper disappeared from the supermarkets, five work colleagues and I went on an overnight camping trip in the Tasmanian wilderness.
I was anxious about the trip. I’m a baby Christian, and I’m learning to be bolder in sharing my faith. A few months ago I missed an opportunity. I overheard someone in the lunchroom say: “Do people even go to church anymore?” I wanted to speak but I chickened out because I was afraid I wouldn’t have the right words to say, or I’d get it wrong. I’ve regretted it since. I asked my evangelistic prayer team (EPT) to pray for me.
On the first night, while chatting around our camp stoves, one of my colleagues “R” stopped and asked: “None of you are church people, right?” That he echoed pretty much what was said in the lunchroom – I could see God was giving me a second chance.
This time I said: “I'm a Christian”.
“R” then spent the next hour or so asking me the hardest questions he could think of. “R” is a staunch sceptic, and was on a mission to throw me off. But as the questions progressed, he became more thoughtful, and less aggressive. Over the remaining days of our trip, he continued to throw random questions at me.
So here we are, back in civilization - although there’s still no toilet paper. Recently I contacted “R” and mentioned that he and his family have been in my prayers at this time. I wasn’t sure how he’d respond – whether he would ignore it, dismiss it or scoff at it. Instead he said: “Thank you, I feel like they are working".
I’m blown away by the way God answered my prayers (and the prayers of others) so quickly. I’m so thankful for these God-given opportunities to share Jesus in the days of the coronavirus. What a blessing in these anxious times.
great to hear Claire's experience and praying for her and more such opportunities!
Claire, your walk with Jesus has started and you will experience much on this exciting journey, just let God direct your path. Remember that crises can be the hinges on the door that opens up new opportunities. God Bless
Claire, this story is so encouraging! Thank you for being so vulnerable and for sharing your story. The little seeds you've sown will blossom. Something I heard before has helped me in times when I've wondered what to share...Basically, leave something with our friend so it becomes like "a little pebble in their shoe". I'm so appreciative of that analogy - it's a thought that is small enough to irritate/provoke thought/linger....and just won't go away. It persists and demands some kind of attention given to it...blessings!
Great to hear Claire
This is great! So glad that you had boldness to speak up. God uses even the smallest amount of courage powerfully.
You might like to suggest that your friend reads The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel if he had questions about whether the stories of Jesus are true. Lee was an atheist, but travelled around the world to interview experts in archaeology, history and culture to determine whether the Bible was trustworthy. He was so convinced by the evidence that he became a Christian!
This is so encouraging for all Christians, whether they are new in the faith or "oldies". This is what makes the Christian life so exciting. It is an adventure; a walk of faith with God in direct control, never knowing what each day will bring and how we will respond to situations which require the love of Jesus Christ, wisdom, discernment, courage & practical application.
Thank you, Claire, for sharing.
Father I thank you for my sister Claire, I was so encouraged by her story today. Thank you that you have given her a heart for those around her who don't know your love yet. What a gift from you to them.... her presence in their world, a small light in that place. As she reads and discovers the stories of how seekers were found by you through your disciples, may she she the clues in those around her, to know the ones looking for you. Holy Spirit empower her to speak your word where there is a hunger for hope. Wisdom be her friend and guide. In the name of your son Yeshua, Amen.