Friday, November 20, 2015

"Their Story"

"How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?".  Romans 10:14

Yesterday I encountered a woman whose husband has been through multiple surgeries and she has health issues that left them both unable to work.  She had no gas in her home for heating or cooking.  Then I encountered a man whose home had burned, several months ago, and he was having to live in his car in the driveway.  As if that wasn't bad enough, he is also battling cancer.  Then I met a lady whose four year old son was tragically killed in a car wreck recently.  Her husband left her and she is trying to raise her other children on her own.  These were only three peoples' stories out of the dozens of people I met yesterday.  Only God knows how many others had stories like these.

I said all that to say that we never know what is going on in a person's life.  From the outward appearance we often think that "all is well" in their lives.  On the other hand we may "criticize" the way they are living.  But like it has been said, "No one knows what goes on behind closed doors". 

We don't always know a person's story or their history.  I was talking with a customer who had lost a child.  There was another customer in line behind her waiting to check out and when she approached I commented that I can't imagine how hard it would be to lose a child.  She replied back that she had lost a daughter years ago.  Again, you just don't know what people are going through.

Having said that, because there are so many hurting people, so many tragic stories, so many suffering, if God places us in a person's life, even for a brief encounter, perhaps He wants us to become a part of their story.  I believe He does because He wants to be part of their life's story.  Therefore, we need to point them to Jesus.  We need to let them know He is a Comforter; He is a Helper; He loves them and cares about them; He wants to be with them.  We need to also pray for them and we need to embrace them and let them feel Jesus' embrace.

Have a great day.  Everybody has a story.  We don't always know the depths of the sorrow of their story, but God wants us to let them know that He wants to be a part of their life story.   

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