1 John 4:8 The person who doesn’t love doesn’t know God, because God is love.
I was waiting in line at the post office yesterday to mail out some records for work. There were two men waiting on customers, one was pleasant and smiling, the other was critical and nit-picky. When a man, holding a very small dog in hand, stepped up to the his counter, he asked, “Is that a service dog? If not, you may not bring it in here!” He must have gone on about it for a couple minutes. Secretly I hoped to get the ‘nice’ guy, but as I waited my turn, it really looked like I wouldn’t.
Suddenly, it was the nice guy calling me up to his station. I smiled and asked if he was having a nice day. As he was weighing my envelopes, I suddenly heard ‘nit picky’ blurt out these words, “I don’t believe in God! I don’t think he exists and I HATE when people try to shove him down my throat!” I looked at my guy and quipped, “How sad! Is he always like that?” He nodded his head, “All day, everyday!”
Those words kept ringing in my ears and I found myself thinking, ‘You may not believe in him now, but someday you will’. The uncertainty of life is one thing, but, to live life in fear of the unknown, to not be certain of your future, to not have hope in God, our perfect love, made me so sad inside for this man. I began to pray for him, that he would know the love of God and be assured of his salvation.
Often how we feel inside affects those around us, even when we’re unaware of it. Someone who is full of Love, can light up the entire room. We have Love living inside of us, we should reflect that. Simply existing, being self-absorbed, problem focused, keeps us from being a light. So to BE Love, we must TRUST in Love (God) completely, with everything, every care, every problem. His job is to take care of us, our job is to be a light and share His Love.
Father, I cast all my cares on you because you care for me. I won’t worry about what’s next because you have the best plans for me! May every person that crosses my path be aware of Your Love today. May it ooze from my pores and bring healing and hope. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.