by Terri Gillespie
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces shalom [peace], who brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7 TLV
Are you gifted in sharing the gospel? Not me. I’m a seed spreader that occasional comes across a ripe harvest. I mean there needs to be a neon sign pointing to the “plant” saying, “Ready for Picking!”
So, imagine my surprise one blustery evening when I found myself serving as a tour guide for my church’s Christmas event. This included presenting the gospel at the end, in front of the living nativity—baby, camels, goats, donkeys, and more.
The unique display consisted of a series of fifteen, twenty-foot-high murals depicting Biblical scenes. It began with Genesis—Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, their expulsion, Noah, and Abraham. Then on to the Gospels—Jesus’ ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension.
Since I was one of the volunteers who helped paint each mural, the powers-to-be felt I should be one of the guides. Being intimately tied to the murals, I knew the story. At least that was the theory.
With over ten thousand white twinkle lights and spotlights pointing up to each mural surrounding the church, we weren’t difficult to spot from the highway. Maybe even outer space. It wasn’t long before the parking lot filled, with a line of cars waiting.
My first group consisted of several families. (As I recall, the families didn’t know one another.) Holding the script in my shaky gloved hand, we stood in front of the Garden of Eden mural. Before I began, a child asked, “Mommy, where are their clothes?”
Uh oh. While each picture was indeed worth a thousand words, there wasn’t time to explain all the nuances of holiness vs. sin to children. Great. Our beautifully scripted message was too complicated. I shoved it into my coat pocket and spoke from my heart, and then I answered their questions as best I could.
By the time we reached the crucifixion scene, there was a quiet reverence. I tried not to be nervous, knowing the big spiel was approaching after the resurrection and ascension murals. My nervousness wasn’t due to talking about salvation but related to making the message clear to the group—simple enough for the children to understand.
As we arrived at the nativity scene, the holy peace grew. We stood in silence at the sight before us—as lifelike as that night in Bethlehem. When I asked who would like to pray, they all raised their hands or murmured, “Yes.”
Don’t ask me what I said afterward because I didn’t follow the script. Words came from the Holy Spirit’s move on my heart, and from my own wonder at what our Heavenly Father’s Son did for us poor naked sinners—for me.
Some of us cried—me included. From there, another guide shared about the church and asked if the families had a church home. So, I went back to the beginning—literally, you know, the Genesis mural—to another group awaiting the journey.
As an author and artist, I could see and understand the story and was so grateful that Abba had given me a platform to share His Good News.
As redeemed children of the Creator of the Universe, we are called to be ready when the time comes to share this Good News. Are we ready for the journey? It may be easier than we think.
Get those beautiful feet moving!
Father, I want to share the Good News of Your Son’s redemption for us, but sometimes my feet are anything but beautiful. They’re stuck in my own fears and self-consciousness. I don’t want to have cold feet when the time comes. Holy Spirit, please hose off that muck and help me get moving. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
This article brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).
About the author: Award-winning author and speaker, Terri Gillespie writes stories of faith and redemption to nurture souls. Her novels, devotionals, messages, and blogs have drawn readers to hunger for a deeper relationship with their Heavenly Father, because of His Son Jesus. Her book, Really Bad Hair Day won the 2022 Golden Scroll for Contemporary Novel of the Year.
Really Bad Hair Day (Book 3 of The Hair Mavens series) The Mavens bring their sense of style of really good hair out into the community and to the homeless. But as much as the ladies want to help others, they discover they need help, too or they may lose a maven. And, yes, the final book answers whether or not Shira and Jesse get married.
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