Life happens and plans have to change. I should be writing this post from California but instead I’m writing it from the East Coast. I was looking forward to traveling but I had to cancel due to injuries received in a vehicle collision. Everything happens for a reason and I could have been stuck out on the West Coast and miss work. Canceling the trip to California was definitely a disappointment but I still have London to look forward to in August.
Occasionally I will hear that quiet, still, small voice of God and I will get the urge to write. This is what I ended up writing last night:
I am blessed beyond measure. Sure I have a lot of bills that I have trouble paying and I have some health issues but there are still those who are less fortunate than I am. I have a roof over my head while there are those who have no roof over their heads. I have clothes on my back while there are those who have dirty and tattered scraps of cloth for their clothes. I have food on my table when there are those who haven’t eaten in days.
When I get a paycheck or some unexpected money comes in, I say that it was a blessing. Not for the material things that I may buy but for the work that money does when I give to ministries that feed the hungry and clothe the poor. Far too often, society looks down on these outcasts, the homeless. They are people just like you and me. They are people who have fallen on hard times and can’t seem to find a way out.
They are people who may have come home from a war, after seeing unimaginable things, only to find that things aren’t the way they thought it would be. They fight their own demons and sometimes just need someone who will listen. They are people who would rather have a hand up than a hand out. They are just as valuable and have just as much to offer the world as a CEO of a big corporation.
Jesus said, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ (Matthew 25: 35-36). We have to help each other out with a hand up and words of encouragement.
You never know who is an angel in disguise. “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 40).
Sometimes we feel this stirring inside of us. We can’t explain it. We can’t say why we feel it. It’s an overwhelming sense of the Holy Spirit guiding us, urging us to pray for others and to build them up in Christ. The tongue is sharper than any two edged sword. All too often we speak behind other people’s backs, spread viscous gossip and unkind words. Our words have the power to destroy lives, destroy reputations and destroy spirits. Why is it that in society we seek to put others down, to make them feel less than what they are. We are all special and beautiful. God loved us before we were conceived. He knitted us together in our Mother’s wombs. He knows every detail about us, from the numbers of the hairs on our heads to our hearts desires. He wants us to be close to Him and to walk daily in fellowship with Him. So when we speak ill of others, we speak ill of God. Instead of using our words to destroy, we should use them to create. Speak words of love, kindness, compassion, healing, understanding. We should use our words to encourage others and to help give them the courage to go on. So many are fighting silent battles that they may express it in outwardly in a destructive manner. To those people, we need to let the light of God shine through us so they can step out of the darkness. We need to be that living example of Christ’s love. That selfless, unconditional love. We all struggle be it with depression, addiction, anger or self doubt. The point is we all struggle, but we can hold fast to the knowledge that God is always with us. Even during the darkest of times, He is always there with his firm guiding hand of love.
When we come to God with our fears, our doubts and our hearts desires; we are Asking Him to take care of everything and prepare a bountiful table before us.
Also when we Ask God to provide for us, we are Seeking his wisdom, comfort and peace.
By Asking and Seeking, we are simply Knocking on the door to the Lord’s heart. If scripture teaches us anything, it is that the door to His heart that is always open with unconditional love. The proof lies in the fact that He sent His only son to be born upon this earth and to suffer and die for our sins that we may have everlasting life. More often than not, it is God who is Knocking on the door to our hearts because He wants to be in fellowship with us.
So when it comes to God, remember the door is always open and he is there waiting with arms outstretched in perfect love.