If we are not willing to be a bit uncomfortable – to reach out and approach, see needs, listen well, and share our own experiences, and help in practical ways – how will anyone ever come to know the light and life of Christ?
A man named Jesus approached me and made mud from the ground and applied it to my eyes. He then said to me, “Go, wash yourself in the pool of Siloam.” I went and washed, and suddenly I could see. – (John 9:11, VOICE)
I can’t imagine it was a comfortable or natural approach for Jesus. To go up to a blind man and make mud from dust and spit to smear on a his eyes, knowing that this gross concoction would be the very thing that God would use to restore the man’s sight. Jesus is our example of total trust in the Father and His will. Making mud to wash off to restore a person’s sight doesn’t make sense. However, if God says it is the way for a person to see, it is well worth the risk of appearing foolish, to allow the person the gift of sight. May we trust the Lord with an unwavering faith, and be willing to get uncomfortable as we step outside of our ordinary four walls to reach those in need.
May we choose reach out,
Shan’t steal helpful chance.
Let hope to obey,
Be greater than fear;
So His will be done,
As we seek to hear.
The how matters not,
Lest we choose obey;
Grant us Your strength Lord,
To walk in Your way.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You love us so much that You stepped down from heaven to be near. Thank You that Your love draws us unto Yourself, and that You reach out to help and to heal where we cannot begin to help ourselves. Forgive us for questioning the things You ask of us, or not going when You call us to go. Teach us to trust You more, even with the seemingly smallest of things, as they might be huge things in the lives of those whom they were meant to touch. Show us how to love others well, exactly where they are, so that needs may be met and hurts may be healed. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we reach out to those around us in love, just as You so tenderly and uniquely love each of us. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ. – Ephesians 2:4-5