Throughout my travels as an Amazon Delivery Associate, I have had some rather interesting experiences while on the road making deliveries to over a hundred customers a day. But none quite have stuck out to me like the experience I had a couple months ago with a man named Newton.
It was a lovely day in Hendersonville, as I ventured through neighborhoods, and the temperature was just right. If you’re a delivery driver clear skies and a nice breeze are a blessing. I was about halfway done in my route when I came to a nice one story home, with a yellow car in the rear drive way. I scanned the delivery notes on my rabbit device and stepped out the van with a white envelope in my right hand. As requested by the customer, I was about to leave the package at the back door. Suddenly a man who looks to be about my age steps out of the car, saying I can leave the package on the hood of the vehicle instead. After confirming he lives there, I set the package just where he asks. I give a small smile, set the and take the picture to show its been delivered. Just about 40 stops left to being complete.
As I’m prepared to head back to my Amazon Van to venture further into the neighborhood, he stops me, declaring he has something for me. Normally the glad tidings I can expect from customers are a water; Gatorade; energy drinks; or snacks to help sustain me throughout my shift. But what I received this time was a spiritual pick me up. He walks to the rear of his car, popping open the trunk, taking out something small and red inside. He lets the trunk door slam, walking up to me with the gift. In his hand is a plastic light switch with a red exterior, white interior and a red toggle.
“My name is Newton”, he begins. Newton explained that his grandfather passed on this light switch to him some time before we passed. His grandfather urged him to have the courage to walk up to someone and minister to them about Christ, passing on that light to someone else who might need it.
“Jesus is the light of the world,” Newton explained”, paraphrasing John 8:12. He also mentioned Genesis in which on the first day God created light. God called the light Day and He called the dark Night.
I ask myself, do I have the courage to walk up to a stranger and talk to them about Jesus, not knowing if they’re a believer; a set enemy of Him; or a person hasn’t yet found Him yet?
I can minister about Christ behind a computer/phone or in a song, but to this day I get butterflies about just walking up to someone whom I don’t know. Wondering how they’ll receive the message from a person with a stutter. Maybe I need to grow up. After all…I’m 29! Also, as Matthew 5: 20 says, and these are words spoken by Jesus himself,
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set in a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
I ask you, no matter your age; gender; or capabilities, do you have the heart to walk up to someone and talk about Jesus?