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.
A 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 outreach, simple kindness.
For most, this does not come easy.
Many feel it is a wise choice, to mind their own business and ignore the anxiety of another - sadly it happens all too often. In this age we live in, there is a fine line between showing kindness and intruding on another persons space. There is fear of a negative response from the very one our heart goes out to. Yet, the apostle Paul urged us to "be kind and compassionate to one another" reflecting a Christ-like demeanor. Ephesians 4:32
When we become a genuine child of God, the Spirit of God 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 sharing 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!
One of my own in air experiences...
I recall 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." That prompted a conversation about life - hard times and struggles. It gave me the opportunity to tell him about how my faith has carried me through many difficult times. With the wheels of the plane making contact with the ground, I felt sad that our conversation could not go deeper.
With the sound of seatbelts coming undone and we gathered our belongings to prepare to leave our seats. As I stood up, I turned to him and 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.
As we went our separate ways exiting the plane, I hoped that one day we would meet again at a heavenly destination. I pray that like me, he has read that booklet many times, but most of all that the message of salvation pierced his heart, and he truly came to know Christ as he turned the last page.
My friend, we now live in a world that may never allow us to connect so easily again...
Social distancing keeps people at a distance.
Social distancing keeps us from having even casual discussions with those on our path.
Social distancing has put fear into the hearts of so many, that they purposely avoid simple conversation.
People do not want to accept anything you may want to hand them, even if it is something as precious as the words that can help them see they need to come to know Christ.
The guidelines set have set fear into the hearts and minds of many.
They are petrified to remove a mask or venture from their self-imposed security of their home. This breaks my heart and clearly tells me that the darkness of this world is doing all it can to extinguish the Light of Christ to a dying world.
Separating people is not good especially when there is unnecessary separation.
Many may feel differently, but after 22 years in the health field I am adamant in mine.
People are so easily led astray and brainwashed, which is "why" we have two younger generations believing lies from liberal education. As we eliminated God, lies, fear and total family breakdown grew.
Now a virus has frozen the world in fear. Even though TB is much worse than COVID. Abortion is the second largest killer of human life. Think about it!
"Why are you petrified and so fearful of a virus that can kill you?"
Sure, wash your hands and stay home if you are sick... but - if you are a child of God and you know that a heavenly home awaits you for ETERNITY... death loses its sting and imposed fear! Darkness has no hold on you.
I pray many will think about this fact:
A pill won't save you, a vaccine won't save you, a mask won't save you - but JESUS can!
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