Working on Vacation

Last year I spent my spring break on the beaches of Naples, Florida, enjoying the sunny, 75 degree weather with my friends. While this vacation gave me a break from college, God showed me that I am never “on break” from the work of His Kingdom.

One morning I was jogging down the beach by myself, listening to my favorite music playlist. The beach was mostly empty, but I noticed two young women who were doing yoga. I had never taken a yoga class, and I had heard mixed opinions about whether or not it had a religious aspect.

As I jogged past the women, I felt the Holy Spirit tugging at my heart. Yoga could be a great conversation started to bring up Jesus, I suddenly thought. But why would I talk to random people on the beach? What if they think I’m stuck-up? What if we never even get to the subject of Christianity?

I asked God to shut down these excuses as I turned around and walked back towards the women. They were rolling up their yoga mats when I approached them.

“Hi,” I said, “Are you doing yoga?”

How dumb! I immediately thought to myself. Of course they’re doing yoga. They’ll think I’m crazy!

“Yeah, we are actually yoga instructors,” one woman answered and smiled. “Do you like yoga?”

I immediately relaxed. They were eager to start a conversation! I went on to explain that I had never participated in a yoga class, but I was curious as to whether religion was part of the exercise. “I believe in the Bible,” I said, “and I am a follower of Jesus. I didn’t know if this would come into play if I ever took a yoga class.”

The women and I ended up having a great discussion about different forms of worship and various religions. While I didn’t get to share the entire gospel, I did get to talk about my faith and my convictions. God gives us plenty of opportunities to witness, even when we least expect it!

Rachel Sinclair writes from Birmingham, Alabama, and loves to share people’s stories. Contact her at rsinclai@samford.edu.

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