Have you ever dreamed up big plans concerning how you can be used by God to change the world? Sometimes God puts big plans in our hearts. Plans so big and so overwhelming that the immediate reaction is to run; or at least find excuses. (Let’s not forget that Moses, Jeremiah, Saul, Peter…. encountered those fears). Without a doubt, God is in the business of using us, imperfect as we are, to accomplish great things.
Yet, we easily can get so caught up in those big dreams that we lose sight of the many opportunities we have everyday to bring the face of Christ to others. Many of those opportunities happen in the mundane, moments of our lives. Jesus regularly spent moments with those who he encountered….while traveling, stopping at a well, eating with friends. We get so accustomed to the tasks in our routines; so distracted by the images on our electronic devices, the agendas that fill up our days, that we don’t see others the way Jesus saw them.
Sometimes, we don’t see them at all.
I am reminded of a few scenarios in which I, unexpectedly, encountered what I call “Divine” moments.
- Finding myself lost in a lonely hospital hallway while looking for the meeting room of a support group I attended, I encountered a man. After helping me out, he shared with me that his wife just underwent a double mastectomy earlier in the day. He was on his way to her room.
- While we were cleaning out my grandmother’s space following her funeral, I engaged in a conversation with a man who poked his head in to my grandmother’s room . It was an encounter that, at first, seemed inconvenient with a man, who seemed “grumpy.” I left blessed. (For the full story:http://stephaniejthompson.blogspot.com/2013/04/divine-interruption.html
- Helping a woman at a party learn to use her smartphone to see pictures of her grandkids, led to her sharing about a predicament in her life and an opportunity to pray for her.
I don’t share these glimpses into my moments in order to bring glory to myself. In fact, I’m sure I would have been blessed many more times, had my eyes been looking for the opportunities.
So…my challenge to you as well as myself is this: When you wake up, ask God to give you the eyes of Christ. Lend yourself to being open to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
What would happen if you went into the bank/ gas station and actually talked to the person behind the counter?
What if you paid for the coffee of the person in line in back of you?
What if you practice grace when the waitress/restaurant staff messes up your order?
What if you listened (really listened-you know what I mean) to your kids/spouse tell about their day?
None of us knows the stories behind those whose paths we cross in a day. Only God knows. But what we do know is that all of us are broken people in need of grace and hope and validation that our lives matter. Sometimes, God’s purpose for you, is right in front of your eyes.