A miracle is sometimes just across the street.
Before our family went our separate ways for school, we would take a few minutes to read the thought for the day in The Daily Bread from Radio Bible Class. One spring morning the challenge was to befriend someone who needed to be shown love. After dad had finished reading the story of the Good Samaritan in Matthew 25:31-40, he challenged us to find someone who was lonely that day that we could minister to in a special way.
On his way home from junior high that afternoon, our junior high son Don realized that he had not done anything special for someone yet. On the other side of the street walking alone was a student also from his school. He crossed the street, started walking with him, and learned his name was Shane. Don asked him about his classes, which ones he liked, and what sports he was interested in. Soon Don was near home and Shane went on alone. When we shared that night our experiences around the supper table, Don excitedly told about meeting a new friend.
This was on a Friday. On Monday Don walked home with Shane again and he said , “You know, I had no friends, no one talked to me, I always walked home alone. I had decided I didn’t want to live anymore. I was going to commit suicide. And then you crossed the street and began talking to me. And I had a friend!”
Don ran all the way home, flung open the door, and started telling his mother all about what Shane had said. In our Bible study that night, we rejoiced with Don over the good news. “All I did was walk home with him and talk with him. God did the rest.”
There are people hurting and lonely who need to know that there is a God who loves and cares for them. And they can see that in us as we share just a few moments of time and an interest in what they are all about.
Wouldn’t it be exciting to find someone in your life today who you can share a few minutes with? Who knows, that person my learn through you what God is talking about in Matthew, “When did we see you a stranger and invite you in? When did we see you sick and go to visit you?” (25: 8, 39)
Why not email email@example.com and share how God used you in some miraculous or special way?
Guest writer Emily L. Pippin