I sat in the store parking lot waiting for anyone to let me out of the row and into the line of traffic inching their way towards the stop sign. One, Two, Three cars pass making no eye contact. They stayed so close to the car in front of them, it was obvious their car body language was saying, “Don’t even think about it. You don’t even exist to me. Four, Five Six, Seven, cars have passed now. I sat there wondering if the large majority of people on this planet have now arrived at a place where we see those around us with a lower value than ourselves. After the seventh car passed, I started inching more insistently forward, in hopes the driver of car #eight, would look at me. Car number eight felt my unrelenting eyes and finally when they could no longer ignore me; I raised my hand and looked at them questioningly and motioned that I wanted to turn. Thank goodness. They let me ease in. I know I upped the pressure but, I began growing fearful they’d find my half decomposed corpse still in the drivers seat in that parking row in a month. The truth is, we each make these choices every day. Do we wave someone in or do we watch out for ourselves and our own interests first. We have so many small and huge decisions on a daily basis, that determine the footprint we leave behind. Such a huge population of human beings worried about what carbon footprint we leave, and so few of them worried that our carbon footprints may be across the trampled faces of other human beings.
I think some of the hardest situations in my life, have been due to the feeling of profound loneliness. Whether it’s by accident or on purpose, the emotion of being unimportant to someone, is incredibly painful. I know that Jesus experienced this. I know in His darkest moments He experienced it even on the cross. It’s no wonder that He has promised us countless times that He will never leave us alone, that He can quench our thirst, feed our hunger, and chase the darkness away with the light that He is.
John 19: 28-30
I see this situation mirrored countless times, in a literal and figurative sense. How often do we hunger and thirst for something in our lives, and we either rejoice at the need being satisfied, or we mourn for the lack of satisfaction. When we live in plenty, we can forget how desperate the feelings of want and need are. Something that has always struck me as profound; is the manner of the homeless. Whatever they receive, they often also share with their other homeless comrades. They have a very real understanding that they are not the only one who is in need. There are countless stories online demonstrating this. I love this video on YouTube. It popped up on my Facebook feed and it’s stuck with me.
Matthew chapter 25: 41-46
How do we chase away darkness? Bring light. How do we feed a hungry soul? Share the bread of life. How do we quench the thirst of souls? Pour out the living water. How do we fight darkness? Shine the light.
Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
We absolutely can fight hunger, thirst, and darkness in this world. We have been given plenty. We know where to find the fountain of living waters, and we daily eat the bread of life. Our souls are filled by the one who rained down manna. And Jesus’s light can shine brightly through us…and chase darkness away. Are we utilizing the plenty and sharing it with all those who desire it; or are we keeping it to ourselves? This story about Elijah and the widow, is such a good example of God rewarding us when we share.
1st Kings 17: 11-16
12 And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.
We should share not only our tangible plenty, but our spiritual plenty. It’s in the smallest of things. It’s in selflessly waving someone in to the line of traffic. It’s in buying the homeless a meal, in being kind with a friendly smile, and in sharing our blessings with someone who needs encouragement. Every day we are faced with a decision to shine a light or cloak it. The little decisions are just as important as the big decisions, because that is where we reveal our fruit, and it determines whether we leave a sweet or a bitter taste in the mouths of other souls.
Mattew 7: 8:12
I love you my friends. I pray we feed those who hunger, and that the fruit we leave them with is sweet. All that we have been blessed with is meant to be shared to edify all of the souls we come into contact with. It’s our only chance to make a difference for good in this world. May we never hide our lights under a bushel for fear; Take your candle and go light the world. Huge hugs!