We went to hear our daughter speak Tuesday night at a homeless shelter.....
a half-way house of sorts where people who are "down on their luck" can live until they get back on their feet. This has been a ministry of hers for several years and was actually where we spent Thanksgiving Day with her and her hubby and the grand-kiddos this year. She talked about Jesus and her love for Him and what an awesome God we serve and how He deserves our openness and honesty and praise and everything we do should be to glorify His Name.
As she poured out her heart to this room full of people.....
people from all walks of life.....
a diverse group with various skin colors and ages.....
I found myself looking around to get the reactions of those listening.
My eyes came to rest on a couple just in front of us.....
who were trying their best not to listen.
The lady actually had her head laid down on the table in her arms.
And, the man kept his head low as he stared at his wife,
trying his very best not to even glance at our daughter.
My heart ached for them because I knew in my heart of hearts that this couple need HIM.
I couldn't help but wonder what they had experienced in their lifetime.
What had happened to possibly harden them and make them be so unreceptive of God's Word? Had they gone through something that made them wonder how the loving God that our daughter spoke of could have allowed them to experience whatever had hardened their hearts?
The only good in us is Christ living in us,
if we've heeded that calling He gives us to come and accept Him.
When we share our love of Him with someone who hasn't had that experience....
then, it's often like two opposite ends of a magnet.
You know what I mean?
When you try to put those ends together,
they repel each other and you can even feel the tension as they try to push away from one another.
So what do we do when we are met with this type of reaction as we try to share the love of God with others?
We keep on doing it anyway!
Breathing in Grace,
Yes, my dear friend, we keep doing it anyway. There are so so many out there who are hurting and desperately need Him and yet they do all they can to keep from hearing about the One who can take care of their need. May He find us faithful at sharing His love with those around us when He returns.ReplyDelete
Hi Deb! What a proud moment to see your daughter witnessing for Christ. And it's so hard when that message is not received. I like your idea of "keep on doing it anyway". That's what Jesus did. He wasn't accepted everywhere either. As a matter of fact, some towns ran him out!ReplyDelete
But it didn't stop him, he just "kept doing it anyway".
I think I'm proud of your daughter too :)
It's wonderful that Jess has dedicated herself to this ministry, God Bless her. We must never give up on showing God's love to others. Even though this couple acted uninterested they were still hearing Jess speak of God's love. Hope fully a seed was planted in their heart and with God's grace will grow. We just have to keep on keeping on and pray without ceasing! Happy Thursday! ((hugs))ReplyDelete
Wonderful to read about your daughters passion to give out Jesus. It takes courage to continue on giving out when it's rejected. One never knows though which one received the seeds of the gospel which means we are to throw it out where. Encouraging post.ReplyDelete