A few days ago, I was driving through Downtown Saint Augustine when I caught something out of the corner of my eye; it was beautiful. I saw a student giving something, assume money, to a homeless woman walking on the side of the street
This was such a cool experience because the way we seek to reach out to the poor and homeless in our communities is through relationship. Getting together and buying someone lunch or a cup of coffee and communing with them. But this student, who I assumed went to Flagler College, may not have had time to do that. But instead of rushing off and passing by this lady, she put aside a minute or two to help someone else. Such a simple and small sacrifice, but the question is, how many of us could, and are willing to do this.
When you are in the hustle and bustle of the day, stopping and slowing down is not typically what we are taught to do in life. But what if we change the norm? What if we learned to stop and listen to what God is saying? Maybe its through the whisper of an old homeless woman asking for money. Or its found in the singing of the birds in the trees above. Whatever it may be, there is something beautiful to slowing down.
Jesus said, Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. - Matthew 11:28-29
It is funny how in the crazy busy life of Jesus, He reaches out to those who, by the worlds standard, are in need. People are seeking to kill Jesus, ridiculing and mocking Him, yet there is something leading and giving peace to His life. God calls us all to be a reflection of His light and love to the people we meet everyday. However there is an opposition; the world is also contending for our attention. Lets give it to the one who is worthy!
Just imagine if everyday we walked in peace, love, joy and patience? A pretty wild idea right? Almost seems impossible. But its not! Something spoke to this student the other day to step out. Maybe other days she would not have even thought twice about helping the homeless. What if this homeless lady's needs were Gods prescription to slow down her day, just for one minute?
God cares about the lives of every single one of His Children, that is everyone in the world. The next time you are having a difficult day, stop, and listen. There may be a gentle whisper reminding you that the rush is not what life is about. But the understanding, feeling and sharing of His love.