The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23:1-6 NIV)
Twenty years ago today my mom lost her husband, my uncle lost his only brother and my sisters, brother and I lost our dad. It was sudden and unexpected. I can recall the day like it just happened. It was the beginning of a new season in my life.
A season filled with many loses. It was 1994. I was laid off from my job, a relationship ended, I was forced to move…then my dad died. Up to that point, however, dad was there for me. Comforting, encouraging and loving me. Those were sweet times with him.
Those sweet days ended after his death, I felt so lost and so alone. I did not feel like anybody understood what I was experiencing. What was I going to do without my dad? About a month after his death I moved into an apartment, living by myself for the first time in my life. I had this overwhelming hole in my heart. I was afraid and felt abandoned. The pain was so real.
A pain that I seemed to be drowning in. A hole the size of Texas. What I was to soon discover, with the help and prayers of an amazing friend, was that there was Someone who could fill that hole in my heart, someone who could be there to comfort, encourage and love me. Someone who understood me more than anyone ver had. That day, December 1, 1994, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. My life changed forever.
I still miss my dad. But today I know that it took losing him to be able to see what I really needed, what I had always been missing. What I had been searching for in all the wrong places and in all the wrong people. All I ever needed was Jesus Christ, He is all I will ever need.
Filling a need is something we all try to do. I written this because you may lonely, lost and with a God-sized hole in your heart, just like I was. I want to encourage you to stop looking in the wrong places, and look up…look to the One who can comfort you….to fill all of your needs, Jesus Christ.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV)
“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 19:14
Debra Scowden © 2013
Have you ever had the pleasure of someones company and left them feeling so much better for it? It could have been a chance meeting of a stranger, or perhaps a planned get-together with a dear friend or family member. You leave with your heart almost bursting with an indescribable joy.
Could it be, just maybe, that you were in the company of an angel of The Lord?
I am not comfortable meeting new people. I am an introvert. Yet it is in those uncomfortable situations, where I am stretched beyond my comfort zone, that I make room for joy.
So we must stretch. To stretch is to draw tight or taut; to stretch like the strings of a violin. In order for the violin to make beautiful music it’s strings must be stretched; so it is with the musician, they must stretch their musical limits to reach perfection.
If we want our lives to make a beautiful sound for The Lord, we too must be stretched, get out of our comfort zones and make eye contact with a stranger. Invite them to our home. Strike up a conversation. For in so doing we just may be entertaining an angel of The Lord.
I see you in the distance,
Your face I do know.
In fear I walk quickly past,
My eyes look past, look low.
How many times, I wonder,
A passerby does go.
A stranger now, forever,
Because my fear lets not me sow.
To sow a seed of friendship,
A simple act, showing love.
To share the love of Jesus,
What have I been deprived of.
Today, I pray Lord Jesus,
That no matter where I am,
My eye will look upon a strangers,
It is the heart of the Great I Am!
Debra Scowden © 2013
Today may each of you go outside your comfort zones and entertain an angel.