“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!” – Matthew 25:40
Today is Friday. The end of the week. The next-to-last day of my Daniel Fast. The day I see Miss Georgia.
I first met Miss Georgia in December 2010. It was a bitterly cold day, and she was walking down the sidewalk on one of the busiest streets of our city. All bundled up in a parka, she was doing her best to shield herself from a fierce headwind. As I passed her, I sensed the Lord saying, “You should stop.”
I kept driving, not willing to be inconvenienced. I’m ashamed to admit it, but my thoughts were directed toward myself: I want to get home. I’m hungry, and it’s time for lunch. I have things to do.
However, by the time I reached the intersection, my desire to obey the Lord was greater than the selfishness of my flesh. I turned the car around and offered her a ride. That day I simply helped out a stranger in need. That stranger became a friend, and now she is like a member of our family.
Each Friday, my daughter, Jocelyn, and I have the privilege of taking Miss Georgia shopping. She only cares to visit two places – the Goodwill Store and Walgreen’s. She likes going there because the employees know her and call out, “Well, hello, Miss Georgia!” when she walks in the door. It makes her feel special and loved and remembered.
Georgia never married and doesn’t have children. Her closest relative, a sister, lives in New York. She doesn’t have many friends, only the people in the stores she visits. For the most part, Georgia is all alone.
I have no doubt that God brought Miss Georgia into our lives for a reason. He wants us to show her the love of Christ, so that’s what our family has been trying to do for the past year. We want her to understand that she is not only precious to us but to the Lord as well.
In your prayer time today, would you pray for Miss Georgia, that she would know Jesus? Ask the Lord specifically to bring clarity to her mind so she can understand her need for salvation. Believe with me that God is going to do a miracle in Georgia’s life!
Who is yourGeorgia? Who has the Lord placed in your path that He wants to reach? Open your heart and extend your arms of love and compassion. Make a phone call. Take a bag of groceries. Give a stranger a ride. Whatever the Holy Spirit is prompting you to do, do it. When you serve others sacrificially, you’re really loving the Lord.
Father God, many times I get so wrapped up in my own life that I fail to see the hurting people all around me. Oh, Lord, change me! Help me to respond when you call. Give me an opportunity before this fast ends to bless someone in your name. Thank you, Lord.
*There’s much more to the story of Miss Georgia, and I would encourage you to read it (scroll down on the Devotions tab, and look for “Her Name is Georgia”). Thank you for praying for my sweet friend.