My husband was recently hospitalized for five very long days. Many frustrating things happened during that stay, and I’m ashamed to admit, I wasn’t always the most patient and pleasant person to be around. As I was sitting there in his room, God reminded me of something very important. Something that I have known for years, but was really reminded during a recent Perspectives class, my life’s purpose is to glorify God and I am to spread the good news of Christ wherever I go. Did I glorify God with my frustrations and my irritable attitude at the hospital? Did others see me and want the peace, love and joy that I was demonstrating, and want to know Who made that possible? I’m afraid I failed miserably because I was irritated and didn’t want to bother.
You’d think I would have learned something by that experience, but . . .
The other day at The Ministry Center, I was busy getting something for someone when an older, tall, thin, homeless black man with dreadlocks stopped me and asked if we had a backpack for him. Good grief. Couldn’t he tell I was busy and I didn’t want to be bothered? I reluctantly said I would go in the back and look to see if we had one. I did find one – not new or very big, but at least clean with working zippers – and brought it to him. He gently laid his big hand on mine and prayed the sweetest prayer. In the prayer he thanked God for providing all his needs, for The Ministry Center, and for those of us that worked at the Center. He ended the prayer with a beautiful praise song to his Savior. Wow! Shame on me for not wanting to bother.
The Holy Spirit is constantly reminding me that all people are God’s creation and He loves us all . . . and I need to bother! If I hadn’t helped the man that day, albeit reluctantly, I would have missed out on a beautiful blessing God had for me. I wonder what I missed by not bothering at the hospital.
The lesson that I am trying to remember each day, and I would like to pass on to you, is to just bother!
Posted on Fri, February 8, 2019
by Kim Hayes