A post from several years ago about being used for Christ.
11Soon afterward he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. 12As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. 13And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” 15And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. 16Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!” 17And this report about him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country. Luke 7:11-17
This passage contains one of the most beautiful and intimate verses ever recorded in the Gospels. Jesus is going about His day and sees a funeral procession, as He looks upon the mother of the son, He is moved. I am deeply touched by the way Luke words verse 13.
13And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Luke 7:13
After He says this Jesus responds by going to the boy and touching the coffin. He tells the boy to get up, and the previously dead boy gets up and starts talking to those around Him.
WOW! So beautiful! Jesus seeing someone’s deep need and leaving what He was in the middle of it to meet it. I doubt I could ever find someone that is not moved by this. Yet as I think about this deeper, I am filled with guilt and shame over the times that I have not been as willing to meet the needs of those around me.
Several years ago I was flying to Nashville to visit a friend for the weekend. I had a very early morning flight out of Oklahoma City with a lay over in Memphis. On the flight from Memphis to Nashville I was privileged to have a window seat and was looking forward to some uninterrupted time of reading and listening to my iPod. As we were preparing to take off I noticed the woman next to me was on her cell phone and deeply distraught. I could not help but overhear her end of the conversation. She was flying toNashvillebecause her dad was in an ICU in a hospital there. For the next forty five minutes to an hour I tried to read and listen to music and even do some writing. The whole time though I was wrestling with God telling me to talk to her. I kept putting it off, telling myself I will do it after the next song, or after I finish this chapter. Finally, after we had touched down and were taxiing to the terminal, and my iPod and book were packed away in my bag, I asked the woman if I could pray for her. She did seem deeply touched and grateful, but I know I did not do all that I could have done. I did not even take the time to pray with her, just prayed silently to myself.
My own weakness embarrasses me at times. My heart did go out to this woman, but I did not respond in a way to meet the needs she had. Granted, I may have been incapable of meeting any needs she had at that time, but I do think God placed me in that seat for a reason.
Today I encourage you to look around yourself for those that need a hug or need you to pray for them or need a smile. After you see the need, actively respond to meet it, and in doing so leave His footprints on their life.