“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord…”
I was a Junior in college leading a discipleship group of freshman girls. Every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. we faithfully met in the loft area of the third floor of the Texas Union on the University of Texas campus. The three freshmen girls in my group were spiritual powerhouses and on fire for the Lord Jesus. They challenged me as their leader in my walk with the Lord far more than I challenged them.
One spring Wednesday night I climbed the stairs to the secluded loft area that overlooked university offices below. The loft area itself housed university offices and we always met in the area because it had a couple of couches and it was quiet. The area was perfect for focusing on the Lord and learning about Him. On that particular spring evening when I ascended to the top of the stairs I noticed that two girls, Suzanne and Anne Marie, were already seated on some couches. However, they were both staring intently at something. I joined them on the couch and followed their gaze. What I saw in the corner of the loft area was a fellow UT female student with a head covering over her head bow up and down with outstretched arms while on a mat. Without a word, Suzanne, Anne Marie and I did what all good Southern Baptist girls from Texas would have done in 1999 – we tilted our heads to the left and stared as the young lady bowed up and down.
After she was done the woman folded her mat and stood up. It was then that she realized she had an audience. As she walked our direction to head to the stairs, Suzanne, the bold one, called out to her.
“What were you doing?” Suzanne asked her.
“I was praying to my god,” the lady replied.
Suzanne asked her about her god. The limited information the young lady gave us about her god, who she called Allah, sounded very similar to Jehovah God. The description was so similar in fact that Suzanne said, “Your god sounds like our God. We were just about to pray and have Bible Study. Can we pray with you?” The lady agreed and we prayed with her. Suzanne invited her to join us in Bible Study and the woman declined.
As you read this you probably thought we were unintelligent in that we did not understand the differences between Allah and Jehovah God. Actually we weren’t unintelligent – we were ignorant and misinformed. However, since that time, situations around the world and in our own country have opened our eyes to understand that when Jesus said that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and no one can get to the Father except by Him, He meant it.
In North Carolina we have great opportunities to reach out to those who believe that Allah is God. The largest mosque east of the Mississippi was just recently built in Cary, North Carolina and we are surrounded by people who think that they are following the One True God. However, they are not. Similar to the veil that hides the face of a Muslim woman from the world, the enemy has “blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Cor. 4:4). However, there is hope – hope in Jesus Christ and hope in His message. Paul continues writing in 2 Corinthians 4:5-6, “For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
How is your Light shining in the dark?