Have you ever heard the expression, “People do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care?” I do not know who said that, but they certainly had a lot of wisdom! That is where the rubber meets the road, isn’t it? Life sometimes gets in our face and we wonder how we are going to get through the day ourselves, much less be an encouragement to anyone else. I remember the words my dad spoke to me when I was diagnosed with cancer of the tongue. I had to have all my teeth pulled for radiation treatments. I was in between surgeries and he wanted me to go to business college so I would not be sitting around the house feeling sorry for myself. I told him, “dad, that is mean!” His reply was, “Sandy, I saw a man who had no shoes, than I saw a man who had no feet. It looks to me as if you have two feet so get out the car.” It was a long walk down that hallway, but somehow I made it. All I could think was, “Yes, I have two feet, but I do not have any teeth!” I had to prepare myself for the stares, but after awhile I was just thought of as “the girl who had no teeth.” I made some very good friends and I learned a valuable lesson. My physical appearance did not make me the person I was. It was what was on the inside that mattered. After some time passed, I realized my dad was not being mean, he was being wise. He showed me I had more strength than I thought I did, but in reality it was God’s grace and strength, not mine. (That was before I knew Him and how much He cared)!
There is always hurt in this world! You do not have to look far to find it. In this month alone, I have lost a dear friend, another friend has a daughter lying paralyzed in a hospital bed, and as I type this blog another friend is getting ready to meet his Savior face to face! In fact he has been praying for the Lord to call him home. He is so tired and wants to see Jesus.
! Peter 3:15
“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”
“Oh Lord, I want their precious families to know how much I care. I want to lessen their pain of today and give them hope for tomorrow. They do not need the world’s answers, they need your answers and love. It is so hard to trust when their hearts are broken. Be there for them Lord. Let them feel your presence and show them how much you care for them. Please pick up the pieces of their lives and glue them back together with your love, grace and mercy. Please give them the strength to hold on to their rope of faith and promise them that you will not let go of your end, but will daily pull them up closer to you. Take their hand in your nailed scarred hand and lead them down the road to Calvary. On the way, let them drink from the river of peace that can only come from the fountain of Your love.”
“I lift my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD who made heaven and earth.”
I need you Lord! I am asking you to bless me now so I can help them! Give me Your words, give me your love so I can comfort them. Let them know how much I care! May they realize they need you as much as I do!
May I ask you dear friends to pray for these precious families. It does not matter if you do not know their names – He does!