I went shopping the other day because I heard that there was a really good sale (this particular store has this sale at least twice a month). The last time I was there I noticed an older lady talking to another woman. They were conversing for a long time and I thought they were friends, but it turned out that the older woman approaches people and starts talking about random things (she did this with two other people).
This same lady was there again and she was trying to find people to talk to. Once she found someone, it seemed like she “latched” onto them and wouldn’t stop talking. People were trying to avoid her, but she would follow them and continue talking. I don’t want to admit it, but I was trying to avoid her too.
Afterwards, I felt guilty about not wanting to talk to her. I could have talked to her about Jesus. Anything can happen to her before the next sale—she can get in a bad accident or even die. I thought about 2 Timothy 4:2, “… Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not…” I wasn’t ready—all I was thinking about was the sale. I even justified my lack of action— “She might hear the gospel and talk about something else anyway… I’d be ‘hijacked’ and I wouldn’t be able to leave—it’s best that I didn’t talk to her.” How many times do we justify things like that?
The next sale is in a couple of weeks. If I see her there, then maybe I should be the one to start the conversation. I’m curious to see what will happen.