“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9
Last December, while driving home from picking my daughter up at preschool, I spotted an elderly woman walking. Although bundled up in a heavy winter coat, she was obviously freezing, her face red and raw from the bitterly cold temperature and fierce wind. When I passed her, the Spirit’s prompting was undeniable. I knew God wanted me to stop. But, Lord, I have things to do! This is not very convenient! I thought. After listing a dozen reasons in my head as to why it wasn’t a good idea, I finally turned the car around and offered her a ride.
When Georgia climbed into my car that day, she also made her way into my heart. She’s a sweet lady with a great sense of humor. She likes stuffed animals, fancy clothes and hats, and VHS movies. Her favorite pastime is shopping at the goodwill store. She adores my daughters and reminds me often that Justin is the greatest husband in the world (she’s right!). Georgia, once a stranger, is now a friend. More than that, she’s become part of our family.
Drive down any street, and you’ll see a Georgia. In fact, you’ll see hundreds and thousands of them in any given day. People who are cold – not physically, but spiritually. People wandering alone in the world and fighting with all their strength against the harsh realities of life. God sees them, and in His infinite mercy, wants to rescue them. The thing is, though, He invites us to get involved. However, many times we’re too busy, too distracted, or too stubborn to make the move.
Are you willing to be inconvenienced for the kingdom? Yes, it will require some sacrifice on your part. You may even have to change your plans for the day. However, that’s a small price to pay when a person’s eternal destiny is at stake. If the Holy Spirit prompts you to help someone, do it. One act of kindness in Jesus’ name could yield great rewards. You might just make a new friend. Better yet, you might introduce your friend to the Savior. Nothing on your to-do list is more important than that.
*For more stories on my friendship with Georgia, see the “Her Name is Georgia” series in Devotions.