take more than the average witness to get through to this guy! Blinding Saul for three days as he walked on the road to Damascus and then sending someone to speak to him might get his attention! A similar experience occurred during Dribble for Destiny’s recent trip to the Olympics in London, England.
During the past four summer games, tickets for events could be bought on the street for most venues. London was different. Online purchasing was the only way tickets could be bought. Most events were sold out prior to the games due to small venues and London being a centrally located country where more tourists could travel. Our team of four decided to take advantage of the free events – men’s triathlon, men’s marathon, women’s swim marathon, etc., and we were able to be on the front lines to watch!
Completing our assigned itinerary with More than Gold which included programs at All Soul’s Church, City Gateway, and
Westminster Abbey, we had one day left at the Olympic Games. It was a beautiful day and we decided to take the train to visit the USA House. While shopping and looking at photographs of the games, a lady approached us and asked if we would be
interested in tickets to the women’s Gold Medal basketball game. For sure I thought she meant equestrian or table tennis.
Certainly she did not have tickets to THE game we wanted to see! I asked her to clarify…do you mean the Gold Medal women’s BASKETBALL game? Tonight? She had been at home in London the night before and had decided to try one more time for tickets to Gold Medal Volleyball and Gold Medal Basketball games. As it turned out, she got both, so she decided to go to the volleyball game and try to sell the basketball tickets. After a race to the ATM, she drove us in her little red Mini Cooper to North Greenwich Arena where we joined throngs of other people ready to watch USA vs. France!
The game was incredible! Our seats were 12 rows up with Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul just a few rows below us. USA won the Gold and the medal ceremony brought tears to our eyes as the Star Spangled Banner was played and Old Glory was raised! Watching the victory lap by our USA women basketball players, we had the opportunity to touch a gold medal and congratulate our team!
As we made our way to the train platform, we noticed that everyone was getting in taxi lines and no one was going to the
trains. After talking to a bobby, he told us that due to the London Riots in 2011, all underground activity stopped running at midnight to cut down on the risk of gang activity. Our lodging was 30 minutes by train outside of the city. He told us to
hit a pub and come back at 5:30 a.m. for the first train out. Or, we could take a taxi.
We knew our next day would be busy with packing and getting ready for an early departure out of London on Monday. There was no way we could sleep in a train station or stay up all night. Lisa headed out to find a cab, finding out that the rates were anywhere from £85 to £120. Doing the math, we knew that was between $130-$200. By now it was 2:45 a.m. Finally a young cab driver said he would take us for £65 and we were on our way, thinking we would have a quiet ride and recover from the stress of wondering how we were going to make it back to our site. In other words, we were not in a mood at this time to chat.
The Lord had other plans…our driver, Andy, began to ask questions. Who were we? Why were we in London? Did we like the city? As we made small talk, the realization sank in that this was not going to be an ordinary cab ride! This appointment was scheduled on God’s calendar a long, long time ago! As we told him we used basketball as a way to share Christian
testimony, he began telling us that he had a great fear of dying and would lie awake at night trembling at the thought of going to hell. He shared that he had done horrible things that he could not tell anyone. The hairs on my arms were
standing on end – was this guy going to take us home or harm us? Or was he really sincere? He continued on saying that his friends and family all thought he was a really nice guy, but that in reality, they had no idea how bad he was or what he was capable of doing. The Lord began to speak in and through me as I realized Andy was crying out for help. Yielding to the Spirit,
answers began to come out of my mouth – answers that related to the questions he had of his Muslim faith, who Jesus really is, why is Christianity relevant, the Bible, grace, the free gift of salvation. When I took a break, Lisa picked up. Our forty minute cab ride was used to witness to this young man and to show him that regardless of what he has done or who he is, Christ died for him and had provided all he needs to live eternally with him! All he needed to do was accept it. The void he felt in his life was put there by his Creator!
At 3:30 a.m. we arrived back at our destination. We asked Andy if he would like a Bible, and would he agree to read it. He eagerly accepted that invitation and we got him started in the book of John. He was currently on his 21st day of driving during the Olympics. I told him that he had an incredible work ethic and the Lord really wanted a hard worker like him working for the
No doubt, God had us miss that train. No doubt, God had us in that cab. No doubt, God was tugging on Andy’s heart. And no doubt, we weren’t at that Gold Medal game for us. We were at that game for a much higher purpose. It isn’t about us. It is about God trusting us with HIS mission and with HIS message. His calendar is set. He wants to use you to fulfill His plans. Have faith and let Him lead! You just may get that Gold Medal Ticket!