Ever ready

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I have been faithfully running for almost 2 1/2 years now and I see many of my neighbors out and about in different seasons running, walking, and biking.  There are a few diehards that have their routine in place and don’t seem to be willing to compromise their exercise time.  They are less concerned about the weather or season and just do it anyway.

There is one such woman in my neighborhood who has been faithfully walking everyday even in some of the worst weather!  I have surmised that she must be in her late sixties and has had a hard life.  She was most likely born in another country because of the thick accent I hear when she greets me.

When we first began to pass each other, I would not say anything because she looked so cold and angry.  After a few weeks, I began to pray for her.  As time past, I began to look her right in the eyes and say hello to her regardless of her cold, dead stare back at me.  She would always reply, yet there was no warmth in her voice or expression on her face. I just believe that she has had a hard life and didn’t grow up with love surrounding her.

Nothing seemed to change over the years.  I was always the initiator of our greeting, but I really didn’t care.  Today was different.  Two gentlemen were running ahead of me in tandem and this lady was across the street.  She came over to their side of the street and boldly interrupted their run to hand them a paper.  She said “Thank you” in her monotone voice and kept walking.  Next she came to me.  She finally looked at me instead of through me and gave me the small piece of paper.  I thanked her and smiled and kept going.  As I slowed up to see what it was, I realized she had just given me a Christian tract.  I was thrilled to know that she was saved and she was now spreading the gospel in our neighborhood with boldness.

Along my route I saw this battery stuck in the dirt and I heard the Holy Spirit whisper this verse:

1 Peter 3:15

But in your hearts set Christ apart [as holy—acknowledging Him, giving Him first place in your lives] as Lord. Always be ready to give a [logical] defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope and confident assurance [elicited by faith] that is within you, yet [do it] with gentleness and respect.

With the speed at which our world is changing, shifting and shaking, she was my reminder to be ever ready.  This lady was not perfect or even overly cheerful for that matter, but she was ready and willing to hand out Christ’s love on her daily walk.  As of today, I am reminding myself to get my car stocked with tracts, good books that I no longer need, purses for homeless women, and most of all my personal testimony for spur of the moment conversations.
We are the hope, we are the light and we need to shine brighter than ever!
2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give us the Light of the knowledge of the glory and majesty of God [clearly revealed] in the face of Christ.
Be blessed

 

4 comments

  1. This made me think a couple of things: First, I have to remind myself over and over again that facial expressions do not always reflect what’s in one’s heart. Many times I’ve thought a student was miserable in my class only to have him/her send me a note in the end that showed he/she felt otherwise. Conversely, I’ve had very cheery, seemingly content students who later evaluated me quite harshly. I have to learn not to assume and just keep doing what I’m to do. The other thing I’m thinking is that I need to give more thought to being ready with, as you said, tracts, books, etc. in the car, in my purse. I like those suggestions. Also I find that when I pray for “open doors of opportunity to be a witness, light, and example”, God answers that prayer every time. Why don’t I wake up with that prayer on my lips every morning??? I’m going to challenge myself to remember to pray it daily. I’m going to put it on a card beside something I never, ever neglect to do daily, i.e. brush my teeth or put on my underwear!!! xoxoxo

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