We have all experienced it - the grip of fear. It may have taken hold of our heart and mind when we needed to travel alone or when we needed to speak to a group of people. It is there when we find ourselves sitting in the surgery waiting area or examining the face of the doctor just before he gives us the results of our testing. The situations we experience may vary but the anxiety and uneasiness is something we all understand.
The young man was alone and seemed to fidget with his seat belt and grasp the arm rest of his chair. He hung his head and adjusted his seat belt several more times. He leaned his head back, closed his eyes and took a deep breath. Then another. It was obvious to the older woman across the isle that he was trying to calm himself. His hands still gripping the seat, his eyes remained closed.
As the plane gained speed down the runway she reached across the isle and placed her hand on his arm to divert his attention from his obvious fear. "Where are you headed? What's your name?" She whispered, "It will be fine."
She could have ignored this young man, but she chose to speak a few comforting words instead. Throughout the flight they chatted. I like to imagine that if that were my son, I would be so thankful for her kindness. When the plane landed two hours later, he said, "I want to thank you for talking with me. It was enjoyable."
This is a beautiful picture of kindness. For most, this does not come easy. For many, choosing to mind our own business and ignore another's anxiety is a wise choice, oh so sad. The apostle Paul urged us to "be kind and compassionate to one another." Ephesians 4:32
When we are saved and cleansed, the Spirit comes and resides within us. As we are made new, there is a transformation. This transformation compels us to reach out to others in the likeness of Christ. The compassion for others is the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit, showing us how to walk in His steps in this life. Yes, my friend, God is at work in our hearts and desires for us to touch the lives of others by reaching across the isle and whispering words of encouragement. This opens the door to showing them and telling them about the amazing love of Christ.
How is that love best displayed?
It is explained in one sentence. “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” Galatians 6:2
My dear friend, do you know what blessing you will receive?
If you will intentionally ask God to give you people to reach across the isle to... your own burdens will not seem so heavy. Best of all, you will find it easier to keep your focus on the heavenly home that awaits, regardless of the trials you suffer in this life.
Keep a journal...
Find time to write each day or even once a week on the moments you had to share and show His love to others. As you look back, weeks or months later, you will be amazed at how God has worked in your life!
I can remember an older gentlemen who sat next to me on a flight to St. Louis. We carried on the usual generic conversation. With purpose, I always carry booklets of faith in my purse. This time I had a booklet by Pastor Adrian Rogers called, "Weathering the Storms of Life." I have read it many times, and completed it once again in about 20 minutes. As I closed the booklet, the man said, "I like that title." From there we spoke about hard times and struggles. As we gathered our belongings to leave the plane, I handed him the booklet. "I would like for you to have this. It has been a blessing to me and I would like to pass it on to you." His face beamed and my heart glowed. I pray he did read that booklet and came to know Christ as he turned the last page.
Few years back, I disabled the ability to leave comments in my blogs. Anti-christian comments were frequent so they were disabled. Once again I have added the "comments" section at the end of each blog. This time I hope to keep them open. So feel free to share your thoughts. :)
April 24, 2017 - I have recently added the "comments" section at the end of each blog. Share your thoughts. :) -Jo