Good Morning, God!
So, yesterday, as I was leaving a talk after church a lady stood in front of me — staring at me, but not exactly at me. I asked her, “Am I in your way”? No, she said, “I am looking at your earrings.” Then she asked me to take them off so she could see who made them. She explained that she loved Zuni jewelry. Peering at them intently she agreed with me that there was no artist’s name on the back. Then she handed them back and with a smile suggested I take a turkish towel and polish the silver.
Later I did polish them — discovering small little silver drops all around the edge of the earrings — drops I had never seen before.
Amazing! You know, God, we don’t get “interactions” like that very often. Indeed, for the last one, I have to go back to 1996 on a trip to China. I was out early walking in a spot favored by the local people. A woman came up to me and clearly indicated (without language) I was to STAND UP STRAIGHT – SHOULDERS BACK — and LIFT MY FEET HIGHTER. WOW! I was improved for quite a few minutes. And if only she lived in my neighborhood I would be much improved!
I suppose that is the purpose of spending TIME in Your Word. I almost always get an “Interaction” from the scriptures. The lectionary on Sunday was Luke 9:51-62 and had to do with the COST of Discipleship. When Jesus says FOLLOW ME and the man replies that first he needs to go bury his father — I think, OF COURSE! So, it is a shock when Jesus replies: “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
I read that and I realized, while not exactly one of the “dead”, I am not out proclaiming the Kingdom of God, either! It comes to me, God, that while I do ask to be filled with Your Holy Spirit, the Spirit comes IN in order to flow OUT — it LONGS to PROCLAIM YOUR KINGDOM!
Could we do that — softly?