“We have spoken freely to you, …our heart is wide open. You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also.” 2 Corinthians 6:11
We may often feel that God does not answer our questions quickly enough. But I do have a clear memory of a time when He answered very rapidly. It happened after I had just started a new job.
Day after day, I arrived at work eager to forge relationships with other staff members. I knew I worked well as a team member. I was excited to serve. Yet I encountered such aloofness from my coworkers that I became wounded.
One sunny morning in late September as I was reading my Bible, I paused and asked, “Lord, why did you put me there?”
“I put you there to love.” His clearly articulated purpose shocked me.
Your heart may be open and your actions loving, but the other person’s heart may not be. But God can and does change hearts.
When I moved on from that particular job, one woman’s tribute to me was: “You taught us how to love.”
Who knew? Well, God most certainly did!
Lord Jesus, thank You that through all the unremarkable days in our ordinary lives, Your love is active in us through the reality of Your resurrected life in us, even when we are not aware of it. We are so grateful. Amen.
Keep on loving and serving in ordinary ways today and wherever God has placed you. Remember: it’s not all about you or your limitations; the power and the outcome belong to God. “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7