A journey into town for a mid-year diary yielded one bit of fish, one pint of milk, one rescued dog, and an interesting conversation about God (but no diary).
As I went into the Co-op for something green, a young woman jumped out of her van and called to me urgently. She tugged at a bracelet till it showed the familiar: W.W.J.D. ‘Sorry, could you help me… could you tell me: what’s the D for?’
So I told her and asked if a friend had given it to her (yes), then began to explain the idea. Seeing the bracelet reminds us to slow down a bit, to think before we do something: ‘what would Jesus do?’
And she said, ‘Oh, I know how it works. I use it all the time. I just forgot the words. It’s really important to stop and think about Jesus — to think about what Jesus wants, what Jesus would do.’ And then we laughed about those times when asking the question led to the equally familiar question: ‘well, what would he do?’ It’s not always clear
And off she went, laughing and smiling.
She clearly doesn’t go to church — I had the feeling she’d been looking for someone to ask for a long time. But God matters to her. She wants Jesus to be involved with her life
It’s people like her we need to catch, if only we could find the right bait.