"Although my father and my mother have forsaken me, yet the Lord will take me up."
Has there ever been a time when you didn't quite fit into your family? A time that you were lost somewhere with little light in the darkness?
I have come to understand that multitudes of people we encounter every day are just trying to survive until someone rescues them and shows them a bit of kindness. That could be you or me.
When I was younger my father died. It was quite unexpected. In fact, at eight-years-old I came home from school one day only to find him face down on the table. At first I thought he was taking a light nap, but I soon realized he was unresponsive. This put me in quite a nightmare for awhile since it was in the 60's when dads were still the patriarch of the house. My mother scrambled trying to find a new way of life and support us. Meanwhile, we became lost and disengaged as the months flew by. It was at this time a profound relationship with Jesus Christ occurred and simply took over.
The Bible says that God's love, "He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world" (Ephesians 1:4). He planned in love for us to be his own children.
Those words brought a great deal of healing to my soul. God takes into his heart the forsaken and the lonely, and he lifts them up and gives them value. he works though his word, through the Holy Spirit, and through Spirit-led people who live to help others.
Mother Teresa felt that each person she met was "Jesus in disguise." Just try to imagine how differently we would treat people if we looked at them this way.
Jesus said if we do good or bad to even "the least" of people, we do it to him (Matthew 25:45). In other words, he takes our treatment of others personally. If someone insulted, slighted, ignored, or devalued one of my children, I wold take it as a personal insult, too. So why is it so hard for us to understand that God also feels this way? Let us strive to build people up, to make everyone we encounter feel better, and add value to their lives.
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me to "to build others up."
Help me to meditate each day: "Who are you sending me today, Lord?"
Teach me to be patient and know you will mentor me. Remind me that prayer motivates me.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always.