This story written by Jeffrey Walker, a Compassion Boston Bible Worker.
I’ve often heard that the people you think are least likely to agree to a Bible study and to attend a series will do so, while those you’ve invested lots of hopes in will not. This week I experienced that in one sense. In an apartment community where I’ve been doing survey-work for several weeks now, I managed to get a Bible study on Wednesday from a woman who I thought initially was the most unlikely of prospects. When I first met Sharon at the door she complained that I had woken her up. But she also agreed to complete the brief survey.
The week after that I didn’t get any answer. The third week she was home but told me she was “busy right now.” But on the fourth week I reached her again and dropped off the second Bible study. There was still hope. But the clincher came this week. I found Sharon at home. Her cat was in the window so we talked about “Zoe” initially and then I asked her about the studies. She said she didn’t really understand the studies nor how to look up the answers. That was my cue! I asked her if she’d be interested if I brought a friend over and we all sat down next week to study the Bible. Sharon agreed!
This just really made my day as I realized that outward appearances are so misleading, and that one never knows who will accept a Bible study. It just confirms that this work is not ours but the Holy Spirit’s.