Missed Opportunities

One of the things that always upsets me when I give it much thought is missed opportunities, especially those missed opportunities to glorify God through evangelism.

We recently visited Hilton Head Island, and we spent a couple of days in Savannah, GA. It was a great family trip. We really enjoyed the scenery and the family time. While we were there, I experienced a few of those missed opportunities.

I’d like to share one of them that that keeps coming to mind. It happened like this:

We had gone down the elevators to the river walk area sort of behind the City Hall building. As we walked along, I noticed a young African American man making flowers and different trinkets out of cane leaves (or some type of leaf that favored corn leaves). It was interesting art work, and it really had my interest.

As we passed him about the time I turned my eyes away from him, he came walking up to try to hand a piece he had made that looked like a rose to Levi. Apparently he noticed Levi’s demeanor and realized his special needs and had some compassion for him. It really caught me off guard, and it took a few seconds for me to realize what was happening, but I thought it was sweet of him (Often I forget that my son looks and acts different enough for people to be immediately aware that “something is different”).

We tried to explain to the young man that Levi just isn’t interested in that type of thing. If he can’t throw it or make a noise with it, to him it is useless! However, this young man was persistent, and finally one of the girls took it from him to give to Levi later. We thanked him and he returned to his bench to continue work.

I went back and gave the guy a tip, and told him we really appreciated the generous gesture. I noticed he looked pretty rough, and I wondered as I walked away what his life was like, if it was a rough one. A few minutes later that I thought, “I missed a great opportunity to tell him about the free gift of salvation God has given us through Christ.”

We had already paid for a carriage ride through the city, and I knew if I went back to talk to this young man, I would miss this ride with my family. So I let it pass 😦

I’m not sure if this young man knows Jesus, but if I get back to Savannah, I’m going to try to find him at that same location. If any of you see him, will you please help me make up for my missed opportunity? Someone please tell him about The Way to God through Christ!

About Derek McCosh

I am a fortunate recipient of the Grace of God, a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband, a father, a pastor, and a church planter. I am passionate about glorifying God through evangelism, missions, expository preaching, teaching and mentoring. I am a husband to the most gorgeous woman alive, who loves Jesus and serves as a rock for me. I am a father of two beautiful daughters, a loving special needs son, and of two active Ghanian sons. I blog about whatever I feel led to share to encourage others to follow Jesus and live out their faith for His glory!
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