“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Mt. 5:16
Sometimes it seems like it will never stop raining. Like the day I decided to pick up a few items at a store not so much because I really needed anything right then and there but mostly because I had felt pretty cooped up in the hotel room given the day after day of rain. Little did I know it would start POURING RAIN as soon as it was time for me to get my purchases to the car. I figured the quickest wisest thing to do would be to grab as much as I could from my shopping cart and run for the car. This meant coming back for a big case of bottled water, but I figured it would beat pulling my car up front and having to wait for all the other cars and people to do the same thing. So off I ran – into the rain.
I was so focused on scrambling to the car while covering the bags as best I could with my raincoat that I didn’t realize a lady yelling something behind me was actually yelling to tell me something. Not until I arrived at my car and hurried to get the bags in the car anyway. That’s when the woman came running after me with my case of water! To tell me why she’d been yelling.
“I didn’t want you to forget your water!” she exclaimed brightly on the miserably rainy day.
After I had thanked her profusely, and she had gone back in the store, I ran back through the rain to give her a Gospel tract and thank her again. I had reached into my little pack I always carry with me filled with Gospel tracts and don’t honestly know if I gave her my Gospel tract or my most recent Faithful devotional magazine with the words, “Do You Want a Hug?” on the front. All I know is she told me she loved hugs – and I gave her one.
When I mentioned Jesus, her face lit up. A fellow believer in Jesus who had run through the rain to bring some sunshine into my day.
It was such a small sacrifice for her, but such a big blessing to me. I could have gone back to get the water myself. What blessed me was how a stranger had gone out of her way on a dreary day to love and bless me, to show me kindness, to sacrifice her comfort and time to show me the love and light of Christ in a small but so very tangible way.
Are you regularly sacrificing your comfort, your wants, what you desire, your time, your heart, etc., to show others Christ’s love and light that others would be loved and blessed and God would be glorified?