Gail Rodgers Sharing the Journey

Loved by God Part 25 - A Circle of Blessing

Connie felt sorry for herself. There seemed to be a lot of pressure in her life these days! As she emptied the dishwasher she thought about her life with all its challenges. She just felt weary. And tonight she couldn’t even relax! No… she had made a promise to visit someone. She didn’t feel like it tonight. She even wondered why she had said she would.

Connie tapped on the door. A small voice called to her to come in. Connie was amazed at the tidy appearance of the old lady. The pearls and painted nails surprised her somehow. She looked little… and alone. The small room in the hospital had become her home. She was grateful for a visitor.

Connie couldn’t help but notice the deep peace on this lady’s face as she told Connie, “God is so good”. “I’m alone now”, she said. “It’s just the Lord and me, but I have a ministry here”. And she told her how she had grown to care about the nurses there. How they came to put her to bed and stayed to have her pray with them. Though there was a longing to go to be with her Lord, there was a contentment. God’s peace and His love were very much alive in that little room.

As Connie started her car in the parking lot she realized her heart was lighter. She had gone out of duty and with a weary heart, but God had met her there and refreshed her spirit through little granny.

Her morning Bible reading flooded back to her mind. It had been the story of Jesus washing His disciple’s feet. (John 13: 10-17) Jesus had demonstrated this giving task and then said,

“Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” John 13:17

The lesson was clear to her now. God had shown her tonight. In reaching out to others we move beyond our own self consumed worries and find blessing. She was glad she had gone. Nothing in her circumstances had changed. But in her spirit she found an unexpected lift that lightened her step. Yes! God is so good!

Today ask God who is on His heart in the circle you move in. Reach out to someone. Lighten their load with a word of encouragement or some small deed. It’s the way God works in blessing you and those around you.

prayer & reflection

Heavenly Father,
You know me better than I know myself. You know that in giving I truly do receive. Forgive me for my worry. Help me to trust you to guide me through my circumstances and help me to keep an outward eye to those around me. Thank you for the happiness that comes as I reach out and purposefully touch the lives of those near me. Make me a blessing today.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.