2017-04-04 - All Lives Matter
Don't worry; this isn't going to be a political devotional. ; ) But as you read the devotional, you will understand the title. We recently visited relatives in NC, and as we crossed the bridge across a lake near my childhood home, I thought of something I always do. Never do we cross that bridge, that I don't think about a woman who intentionally drove her car into that lake over 50 years ago. As sad as that is in itself, it gets worse. For you see, they didn't find the car and what was left of her, until several decades later, when the wreckage was accidentally encountered. My mother told me that story because it struck her that evidently, no one had reported the woman missing. Wow. Just let that sink in. So no one had missed her? I always think, "surely she mattered to someone." I do know that she mattered to Christ, as does every soul in this world. And too late to help her, she mattered to my mother, and now to me.
There may be people in our very own worlds - in our neighborhoods, churches, school classes, grocery stores or workplaces - that feel as that woman did. I challenge you to join me in looking more closely and individually at the people around us. If you think someone is lonely, reach out to them. Think of how you would want to be treated. In whatever way that you can, and whatever way is appropriate, reach out to them. Ask them how they are, sit down with them, maybe even ask them to join you for a cup of coffee. You may be the only person that day or week, who treats them as an individual. I would caution you, however, to be SAFE. If this person is someone you don't know, don't be alone with them. God gave us the knowledge of safety procedures, for the reason of using them!
If you are that person who feels alone or lonely, first please know that God loves you. Please also know that most likely, the people around you don't have any idea how you are feeling. Sadly, sometimes we expect people to read our minds, but no human can do that, not even so-called psychics. One thing you can do is to let someone know how you feel, just one person who seems kind. Or another way to go about this is to reach out to someone, and get to know THEM. Listen to them. Ask how THEY are. It may sound paradoxical, but the cliche does contain truth: The best way to have a friend is to be a friend.
God loves every one of us, and His preferred way of showing that love is VIA US, His creations. This week, let's be the ears, feet and heart of God for someone.
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