This morning at my ladies bible study our leader shared with us a blog that she had read. This particular blog is written by Sophie Hartman, a young woman who moved to Zambia to work with orphans. This day Sophie approached the day with Matthew 25 in mind, consciously seeking to find Jesus in the people around her.
Here is an excerpt from her blog.
"Then the King will say to his sheep, 'Come you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
"The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'
My prayer this morning: "Jesus, I'll find you. I'll find you and I will love you, right in the place I find you. Lead me to where you are…"
My encounter this morning: "Today Lord, I met you in a parking lot. About 11 years old, with a basket of oranges on your head. Half naked and filthy. You greeted me, and told me you would wait for me while I did some work. Thirty minutes later there you sat, waiting patiently. You approached me, excited to tell me that you are in school but that you are trying to sell these oranges to help buy food for your remaining family and pay your school fees. I bought K20,000 ($4) worth and you were so excited! Your smile was beautiful, now forever etched in my mind. You nearly laughed, excited knowing you only needed K15,000 ($3) more to buy school shoes…something you never even dreamed of having. I looked deep into your eyes and saw the love of your Father, and I spoke it to you. I spoke clearly of his provision for you, and you bubbled with joy.
As I said goodbye and began pulling out of the parking lot, the security guard approached you--but not without me seeing. Immediately your Father spoke to me saying, "Speak up for my son, he has no voice." Though the guard had already started scolding you, I said, "Excuse me sir, is there a problem?" He shook his head but then looked back at you and said "You cannot be selling here." Obviously, he didn't know that I understood the Nyanja he was speaking. Then I said, "Excuse me, I'm sorry sir, but I am actually very blessed by this boy. I was wanting to buy some oranges this morning, so he's fine here. This boy is not bothering anyone." Then reluctantly he backed up from you, and said to me, "Yes Madaam, he's fine. There's no problem."
I looked at you and said, "If God is for us, who can be against us?" And I winked.
A bit of a long excerpt, I admit, but one that is very powerful.
Did you notice how many times she refers to the little boy as "You" in reference to Christ?
If you're feeling ambitious you could highlight every time she does that. How personal to think of these encounters as Jesus in the flesh.
Let's make that conscious effort, like Sophie Hartman, to find Jesus in the world around us and love Him right where He is.
Our verse this week
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart