How long has it been since I dropped to my knees before You, Lord? This morning the Lord brought me to my knees. The Lord is opening my eyes to a broken world and showing me how desperately we need Him.
The truth is, I don’t really want to see the hurting in the world. I don’t really want to see extreme Islamists blowing up innocent people. I don’t really want to see the hungry and the homeless. I don’t really want to know how lonely the women is that walks down Main Street everyday. Why, because it breaks my heart and I don’t always know what to do. I would much rather turn my TV off. Stay in my safe little world and pretend these things are not happening. And to be honest with you, I can be pretty good at that. This is a real struggle for me.
After seeing pure acts of evil played out on TV, a friend losing her mother in law to liver disease, getting a tiny glimpse of a lonely women’s life and serving the homeless a hot meal these past few days, my heart is a mess! But it is in this mess that sometimes I learn the most. A wise friend of mine said, “It’s in the heartbreak that we truly see our need for Jesus.” I need Jesus not only to engage a broken world but to heal the broken in me. He is our only answer and oh boy, am I thankful He loves us and is all wise.
So all of this leads me to ask, “What are you showing my Lord?” Here’s where I landed:
3 things I can do:
~Pray for others
Really pray for others! I have to admit I do not pray enough for others. I can and should pray for the things going on around the world and in my town. Pray without ceasing! 1 Thessalonians 5:17
~Live a life of Thanksgiving
1 Thessalonians 5:18 goes on to say, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
I am so thankful for Jesus but am I living a life of thankfulness? Do I live everyday as though I am thankful for what He did for me on the cross?
~Seek the Lord first and then be sensitive and wise to engage a broken world
I need Jesus, the perfect One, to teach me how to be “salt and light” in the world. Matthew 5:13-14
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! Psalm 105:4
Only after I have sought the Lord do I become sensitive to people and know how to be salt in a yucky tasting world.
So I end my thoughts today with wanting to do these 3 things even more. 🙂
Jesus, we need you down here. Move us to pray more, live a life of thanksgiving and let our light shine in a world that needs you desperately. ❤️