In my line of work I assist cities, counties and States in their attempt to make relatively expensive purchases of Police rescue vehicles.
The typical transaction starts off with a call from a SWAT officer, who is the end-user, to coordinate the quotation and optional equipment.
Almost every time, before the sale is completed, an administrative person, usually someone who is very close to the grant funding source, will get involved.
The business trip that I am on this week, in Louisiana, is a conference designed to educate these same administrative professional people.
The first evening I arrived my colleague and I were sitting in the conference hotel lounge having a late snack and there was a small group of about five next to us socializing and discussing where they wanted to go out to dinner.
Curiosity got the best of me and I asked them what city they were from. “San Francisco” one woman said. “Oh, do you know Terry Sanders?”… (not her real name), I said.
The woman, somewhat stunned gasped, “I’m Terry Sanders!”
Terry and I had just wrapped up a very lengthy and arduous project, not even a week earlier, and neither of us had any idea that we would be attending the same conference.
Before we were done speaking another member of her group, Gary, (not his real name) from San Jose said, “Hey Jim, remember me, Gary from San Jose; you sold us a truck four years ago.”
The sales that I make in this arena are not like sales at a donut shop over the counter. They are sales that take several years to come to fruition. The people with whom I interact, share the same goal; mainly because they know the armored SWAT trucks I sell have the potential to save the lives of their friends.
There is a special bond that is formed when groups of people work together to reach a difficult objective. I could not help but get up and hug Terry and vigorously shake Gary’s hand. We were all so pleased to finally meet one another in person, especially after engaging in dozens of phone calls and emails over the years.
In Luke 2 we read about a special first time meeting that happens to Simeon and Anna, when they first come in contact with the infant Jesus:
25Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you now dismiss your servant in peace.
30For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
32a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.”
33The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
36There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
No matter what line of work we are in, sales, or even the work of prophetic scribe, or prophetess, like Simeon and Anna, we all enjoy and need closure for the significant events in our lives.
Thank you Lord for your gift of Salvation through Christ, the One who brings closure to our souls.