Sometimes we become so preoccupied with our own existence, our current pain, or problem, that we can miss what goes on around us. I know I often do that.
In a story told by our Pastor, who has just returned from some time in India, he told of a lady who intentionally stops and attends to the needs of the poor and outcast, as she sees them on her way to somewhere. While she stops and helps, many people just pass by, maybe not even registering the needs of these people. If Jesus had been walking down the same street as this lady, He would also have stopped to help, wouldn’t He?
In the verse above, Jesus is asking Simon if he even saw the woman, who had been washing His feet – did Simon see her need. As we see in the story of the Good Samaritan, people, even religious people, can choose to walk by on the other side and not get involved. We have a choice.
While there are always going to be more poor and needy people than we as individuals are able to help, I believe that God chooses people to cross our paths that He wants us to see. That He wants us to really see and respond to in some way.
Maybe there are those of us who are not able to be out and about, as we once were. We may spend much of our time alone, or inside the house. There may be people we cross paths with only over the internet, or by phone, from our bed, or armchair.
While it may be hard to envisage Jesus reaching out to others by means such as phone or internet, surely God foreknew the many ways people could be reached by current and even future, technology. They are ways in which He allows us to see and respond to others.
I hope that my eyes will be open to see people – really see them – as God sees them.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, please help me to see and respond to people the way you do and to be alert to your promptings. Amen.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life as she lives with chronic pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, travel and photography. You can contact her in the Sunroom.