Strider, at “Tales from Middle Earth,” is one of the best storytellers that I read. And, as a bonus, his stories are true. In his latest post called “When the Road is too Long,” he tells the story of traveling to a wedding – or, rather, attempting to travel to a wedding.
When he realized that he was not going to get to the wedding in time, he and his family stay with some friends in a nearby village. It was only after all of the other visitors left, and his family remained past normal “visiting” hours that the host opened up and was interested in hearing the gospel.
This is what Strider concludes:
We have a saying on our team that says that if you can’t spend the night don’t bother going. I don’t always live by this but this story reminds me of the truth of it. When we spend the night with people we stay past the polite guest phase and hang around for the deep conversation phase of the day.
It is important to hang around for the deep conversation phase of they day. I’ve found that this can happen earlier, but only after spending time and getting to know the person.
Yes, I know that many people are open to the gospel at any time, and we should be ready and willing to share anytime. However, for those who are not immediately ready, it often takes time, patience, and love in order to earn a right to be heard.
Are we willing to take the time?