Gail Rodgers Sharing the Journey

Trusting God Part 26 - Lines in the Sand

We sat at the sidewalk cafe enjoying the warm sunshine in this pretty South American city nestled in the mountains. As I sipped my rich, dark coffee I was surprised by a bright orange plastic cup thrust into the midst of our table. I looked up into the eyes of a mountain woman. She was old and bent over and had such a weary sadness in her eyes. She was carrying a bundle of half wilted flowers in hopes of selling them for a few pennies. Someone came quickly to shoo her away from our table. John dropped some coins in her cup as she turned to leave.

No matter what country of the world we live in it seems there are invisible lines drawn in the sand. Lines drawn between those who have and those who do not; between those of one race and color and those of another; between those with power and prestige and those without.

Jesus words came to my mind.

“I tell you the truth; among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” Matthew 11:11

God draws no lines in the sand. He clearly tells us that status among men means nothing in the economy of God. Have you drawn any lines in your neighborhood or in your place of work? Do you feel inferior in your place in life… or are there those you feel superior to… because of money, status, power or race? As God’s children it is our responsibility to do what we can to erase those invisible lines. To see each set of eyes that we look into as a soul loved by God in just the same way we feel His love.

Today look for places where the lines are drawn and ask God to show you how to do one small thing to help erase those lines. If you have status among men remember that in God’s economy it means nothing and he wants to use you to change the world around you.

prayer & reflection

Father God,
I confess that sometimes I have drawn invisible lines between myself and others. Please help me today to do one thing to erase those lines and to influence those around me to do the same. Thank you that status among men does not impress You. Thank you that You see the least in the kingdom as greatest. May I have Your perspective today where I walk.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.