December 7, 2017 – The sudden drop in temperatures this week got me thinking about a post I wrote a couple of years back. I was reminded to repost it so that each day, you and I can remember to pray that we walk with Jesus on the road of our everyday lives.
Moved With Compassion on the Road of Everyday Life
It was a frigid day with record low, sub-zero temperatures. When you live in Minnesota, these types of cold snaps can grip our State several times each winter. And they aren’t fun. The normal winter deep-freeze gets unbearably colder. These times have come to be known as the “Polar Vortex” to Weather Channel aficionados. These are days when bare skin can freeze in only minutes, you can’t walk your dogs with bare paws, and even the most-hearty Minnesotan darts indoors from their cars as quickly as possible.
Recently, during such frigid weather, as I drove from the suburbs to a meeting in downtown Minneapolis, I saw a woman about to dart across the busy street in front of me. I could see the pain of the cold on her face. As I looked at her, I suddenly I felt an overwhelming sense of compassion come over me. It was like the Holy Spirit spoke and said quietly in my heart, “Ask her if she needs a ride.” Jesus was moving in me, and I knew it. I only had a split second to decide whether to obey His still, small voice. Now as a single female driving on the streets of a large city, I’ve never picked up a total stranger in my car. Ever. I realize that, in general, it is a bad idea fraught with danger, nor do I advise anyone else to do it. All the potential dangers involved flashed through my mind. However, I felt such a strong prompting in my heart, that I knew what I had to do. I pulled over and asked her if she needed a ride. Into my car she jumped. I introduced myself, she did the same and she told me she needed to go to a nearby train station about eight blocks away. Off we drove.
As we drove, I mentioned that I was a Christian and asked her if she had any needs that I could pray for. The moment I said that, she began to weep. I drove with one hand and reached out my other hand to her, which she clung to like a child. She explained that she’d recently suffered the loss of a loved one under tragic circumstances. I sensed, in a very specific prompting from the Holy Spirit, that her deceased loved one might have been an addict who had died of an overdose. I gently asked if that was the case, and she confirmed that, indeed, that was true. My awareness, through the revelation of the Holy Spirit, of that unknown fact, got her attention. Suddenly, she knew that God was aware of her painful circumstance and that He cared for her. I felt the compassion and power of the Holy Spirit descend upon us as we held hands and prayed for the healing of her broken heart, while I drove her one-handed to the train station. We had only a few brief minutes together in the car, but God was in our midst.
I was also able to suggest that she listen to a great Christian radio station, Praise-FM http://praisefm.org that was playing on the radio in my car. We just happened to be driving by the radio station studio location while we prayed. I pointed it out to her, as a reminder of somewhere she could tune in for encouragement in faith every day. She profusely thanked me as we reached her destination, and she left my car with newfound hope. What joy we shared together, two strangers in a car, through a simple Holy Spirit-prompted act of compassion and a prayer. I doubt I’ll ever see her again, but I pray that when she met me, it was like seeing a small glimpse of Jesus on the road of her everyday life.
The previous day, a particular phrase had been leaping off the pages of my Bible and touching my heart, as I read my usual daily devotions. In at least two instances, found in Matthew 14:14 and Mark 6:34, the Bible states that Jesus was “moved with compassion” and took a certain action. Both situations directly precede both Gospel writers’ accounts of the miraculous multiplication of the loaves and fishes. In one case, Jesus was ‘moved with compassion’ to heal the sick among the large crowd. In another case, He was ‘moved with compassion’ to teach the Scriptures to the gathered crowd. He taught and He healed out of a heart of compassion. Then another very practical need arose. The crowd was huge, the day was getting late and they were hungry. Thousands of people in the middle of nowhere without food was a very real problem. The disciples suggested Jesus send them away. But instead, His reply to them in Matthew 14:16 states, “you give them something to eat.” This statement was ridiculous based on the fact that a crowd of over 5,000 was gathered and all his disciples had been able to find was a little boy’s lunch of five small loves of bread and two fish. But the boy had shared his lunch (everything that he had), and they brought it to Jesus. As He blessed it, it was miraculously multiplied and fed the whole crowd. Both the boy, and the disciples took a totally unreasonable action, by faith, and He blessed their action. As I read those verses, I prayed to see situations in my everyday life, through Jesus’ eyes of compassion. Jesus is saying the same thing to all who are willing to hear today, “Give me the small thing that you have (e.g. your extra food, your leftover time, your undeveloped talent, the spare room in your house, a ride in your car, some time to stop and pray for a stranger, a smile, a hug, an extra blanket etc.…) and I will use it to provide for others and they will know My love.”
How about you? Can you pray and ask God to help you see everyday situations through His eyes of compassion? I did, and look what happened the next day! In our own selfishness, we simply don’t have His kind of compassion. However, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can begin to see everyday situations through the eyes of Jesus. Ask Him to move you with compassion and see what happens. He will bless and multiply whatever you share.
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