Hey guys! Welcome back!!
If you haven’t read my last post, I suggest reading it before reading this one just to get a background. But anyway, let’s get right into it!
In my previous post I talked about how God sometimes speaks to us in what seems like the most insignificant moments. I was sitting on my couch, reading a book about Dr. Ida Scudder, who was a missionary doctor to India. Upon arriving in a small south-indian city of Chennai, the first thing she sees is women and children, crying out in hunger from the sidewalks “Amma! Paasi!”. Which means ‘mother, we are hungry’. Now this not only struck a chord with Dr. Scudder, it also impacted me. The words jumped out of the page at me and it was like they were crying out directly to me. That was a moment I’ll never forget because in that moment, God planted a seed of service in my heart and he was preparing me to be a witness for him…..
On our next trip to India, I’d asked my dad if our annual food distribution activity could be done by me. So my dad, a couple of our workers and I started wrapping up rice and potato packages to be given to the poor around our area. Keep in mind, that 90% of our workers are Hindus. Before we left, as dad was not coming with us, he said to us “You never know, you might see God today..” So off we went in rickety auto, carrying kilos of food. The process was simple….we would travel around the Perambur area, and when we spotted someone was in desperate need, we would stop and hand over some packages. We saw all kinds of people….elderly people, small kids, families, the whole lot! But, there was one elderly man who I will never forget…..
My dad had told one of our workers to take photos of what we were doing, and I wasn’t really into the whole idea of it because it felt like we were doing publicity and that wasn’t my intention. Anyway, we stopped at a bus stop were there were so many ailing people, and hands were grabbing food from all directions. Just as we were about to get back into the auto, an elderly man stopped by us. It all happened in a matter of seconds. The camera died just as I gave this parcel to the man, and in a split second this man got down on his knees and touched my feet. If you know the Indian culture, you will know that is a mark of respect, only to be done by the younger generation to the elders, to get their blessing. We asked him to please get up, as I was feeling a little taken aback and returned back. It didn’t hit me until later….
When the workers and I were telling my dad about our journey, and this particular elderly man, my dad’s eyes lit up. He said “Didn’t I tell you, you would see Him? That man must have been God himself thanking you for what you have done!” Then it hit me, the camera had died in that moment and we had no record of what this man looked like. I don’t know about the others, but I can’t for the life of me, remember what the man looked like. One of the workers who came with us (whose name is Murugan), was in tears after hearing this. Murugan being a Hindu had been touched by what He had seen because he understood that he was apart of this beautiful experience.
Now let me tell you; I wasn’t in the greatest place with God when I decided I would do this. I was confused about life, I had many questions and I certainly wasn’t strong in my faith. I just wanted a book to read, and something to do when we went to Chennai. But God took me, who wasn’t even very sure that He existed at that point. He took an insignificant moment and turned into the most life changing experience. He wanted to use me, and He came and met me where I was at. He made me a witness to my family and friends, as to what He is capable of doing. Since then, I’ve been on fire for serving God. I want to do so much for Him. The seed that he planted in my heart has been growing ever since, and continues to grow today.
This experience reminded me of Matthew 25, the time when Jesus talks about clothing and feeding those who are less fortunate. He says that when He came in the form of a stranger, who needed clothes, who was thirsty and hunger, people took no notice of Him because they didn’t know that it was Jesus. They says “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?” (Matt 25:37). They had no idea that Jesus had come in the form of a needy person. How many times do we walk past those with sicknesses and who beg on the sides of the streets? How many times have we tried to avoid eye contact, so we don’t feel guilty afterwards? Jesus goes on to say “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matt. 25:40). The poor and the need are the people that Jesus loves the most. He came down to us for them, He came for the sinners and the needy. You can sing in the worship team, you can read the bible everyday, you can talk about how much you want to do for God…..but faith without action is meaningless, and God cannot use you as His witness if you’re ignoring the things that He has placed right in front of your eyes. All those things are good to do and are needed in our relationship with Christ, but I encourage you, next time you walk across someone who is needy, ask God to give you the strength to bend down and bless that person with what ever you can offer.
You don’ have to be perfect and you don’t have to know all the answers, but if you have an open heart God will enter in and change your life, like He did with mine. Whether you are a Christian or not doesn’t matter, but what does matter is that you let God in, listen to Him and He will make you his Witness to the world.
Hope that inspired you guys to get out there and do what God has placed in your hearts. If you know someone who needs this today, please share it with them through the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post.