I can sit and stare in astonishment at how we, as people, act. Especially towards each other. How we interact with strangers. I came to the conclusion that we don't. And if we do, it is limited only to provide to our own current, selfish need. We whom call ourselves God's children sometimes choose not to interact with people unless we know we are on the same spiritual side. And the fact is, can we boldly call ourselves His children then?
This morning I had to go to a client. As I arrived, a friendly lady welcomed me. I didn't recognize her face, so I asked her if she only started there recently. She told me that she was on sick leave at the beginning of the year, as they had to remove cancer and she had to undergo chemo therapy. Her braveness was striking, and she had peace about this that amazed me. After our short conversation she left to do her work, and as I was pondering on her words, God told me to pray for her. Being only human, I was too afraid to ask a total stranger to pray for her, because what if she is not a Christian or what if she has a funny response, or what if I couldn't heal her cancer, or what if there was another if I didn't even think about…?
Everyone has their favorite season right? Some enjoy the kiss of Summer as heat plays over the earth in a fun and warm playfulness while others enjoy the calm and collectiveness of a hazy cold day as Winter blows out an icy breath. Some are amazed at the beauty and elegance as new life springs forth when Spring brings so many promises of new beginnings while others marvel at the change of colour Autumn paints while the world slowly says goodnight to be tucked in for a slumber from the world. And even as God carefully measured each season with its own characteristics, He measured seasons in our spiritual lives as well.
God knows when He sees potential…and Jesus saw potential in Peter! He saw something in this fisherman that very few other people could see. But He did not look at Peter in the flesh, He saw what he could become in spirit! Because if Jesus only looked at the outer person, He would have only seen a dirty, sweaty, smelly man who works with fish the whole day. A man who leaves the shore early in the morning to go and sit in his boat until late afternoon, hoping to catch something. And who returns in the afternoon sometimes glad and sometimes sad. A man with normal emotions, and sometimes even impulsive and unstable emotions. But Jesus looked for willingness, not a well groomed personality!
We are all on the road called life. Always going somewhere. Sometimes missing the signs and sometimes looking back regretfully. Never able to turn back and take the road again. Some roads look like a beautiful highway, some speckled with potholes and some just a plain dirt road stretching across the country next to barb wired fences. Doesn’t matter what the road is your traveling, one thing is certain: you will come across speed humps.