When our children were small there was no such thing as Caller ID. The phone rang and we had no idea who was on the other end.
“Hello? Is this Barbara?” came a strange, masculine voice.
“Sorry. You must have the wrong number.”
“Really? But you even sound like Barbara.”
“There’s no one here by that name.”
“But your voice sounds so nice…are you married?” he asked in a slow, sleazy way.
“Yes I am,” I replied tartly, wondering where this was going and breathing a prayer for an opportunity to share Christ with him.
“Oh, too bad,” he said. “Tell me, do you ever go out on your husband?”
“No I don’t,” I answered.
“You don’t? Why not?”
By now I was convinced God wanted to use me here. I said, “If you really want to know why, and if you will listen, I will tell you.”
“Yeah, sure, I’ll listen.”
“Well, just a few years ago I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. As a result, God completely changed my life and filled me with a deep love for Christ and a deeper love and respect for my husband. Because of that, I would never want to disappoint God or hurt my husband by doing something so foolish as going out on him. Nor have I ever had a desire to do so.”
My caller was silent for a few seconds. Then he said, “Ma’am, that’s nice…that’s real nice. Well, I guess I’ll call Barbara,” and he hung up.
I stood there still holding the phone, a little dazed. Why didn’t I ask him if he’d like to give his life to Jesus too?
“Lord, let there be a next time! Meanwhile, thank You for helping me share a little bit with that man. Use that small amount of truth to touch his heart with the reality of your love and power.”
- Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. Psalm 66:16
- SONG: ONLY ONE LIFE – Music by Kathleen