Dinner is on the stove and I am trying to steal a few minutes to myself before I call the kids indoors to begin cleaning up. They are filthy today. Dirty most days, but today they are filthy.
We actually began our day outside in our pajamas adding “3 things green” to our gratitude journals. Ater jotting down my 3 things, I came in, showered and packed the car to head over to Avent street to begin our school lessons. Encouraged by the warm weather and sunshine, the kids worked hard and finished early. They ran out to play with our new neighbors and I hung a few pieces of Elli’s watercolor art.
On our way to Sonic for an afternoon slush, the Lord brought something to my attention that I have been pondering all afternoon. Today I noticed that every person I passed made eye contact with me.
I love people. I love to pass someone on the street, smile, look to see if they smile back, and then daydream about what kind of life they may live. When we lived in Dallas, we passed hundreds of people at bus stops, on bikes, on the sidewalk, or just sittng at a stop sign asking for money. Sometimes in extreme heat or rain, the kids and I would pick up people we thought could use a little hope and take them to their destination. But most of the time, I really did not notice the people we passed.
While Thad was at Dallas Seminary and serving at Fellowship, our life was consumed with Christians. Our life focus for many years was to love and lead a group of people that was contained within four walls of a building. It was a life giving experience that I am forever blessed to have had.
I realized today, that while we served at Fellowship, I probably never looked long and hard at anyone who was not contained within the four walls of that building. I was so busy loving within the body that I had no time, and to be quite honest, no interest in loving outside the body.
Today, I noticed everyone that I saw. I looked long and hard into their faces.
My prayer is that I will be given eyes to truly see those whom the Lord is asking me to love. I pray that I will look long and hard at people and consider that the Lord may be drawing them to Himself. I pray that I will seek to love a city and not just the parts that I feel comfortable loving. May I have His eyes and see beauty in all things.