I was walking the dog on the greenbelt trail and a woman caught my eye and waved me over. She’d met my teenage daughter the day before – they’d enjoyed a conversation while the dog swam – and she wanted me to know how much she’d enjoyed the company of both.
After some pleasantries I turned to go. “What I didn’t tell your daughter” she said quietly, is that my life is very hard right now…”
I waited. I asked for light. I marveled at God’s timing.
“My daughter is five-months pregnant, her fiancé just committed suicide, and his family blames us for his death.”
I’ve been a minister in the household of God for almost a decade, and if I’ve learned one thing, it’s that God’s mission is to be physically present in his world through the ordinary, lived-out, quotidian lives of those who would wear his Name.
God’s intention was for this woman’s life to intersect with my daughter’s life one day and mine the next. Why? So that He might be with her in the cold, dark and broken shards of her human life. So that his healing and holy presence might be embodied in a tangible way. So that she might know – and trust in – the care of a God who truly cares.
And our God’s intention is to do all this using humble, earthy, and ‘non-spiritual’ means, like walking the dog and smiling at strangers. Isn’t that amazing?
Friends, look up and be not afraid. Wherever you go, and whomever you encounter in the mundane goings-and-comings of your ordinary life, you bring the healing presence of Jesus – his light and shalom – into the cold, dark, and broken of a weary world.
Shalom and light to you and yours,