Woke up to a crazy thunderstorm this morning. Sarah and I have two dogs that are giant babies. My dog is a pug named B. A. Baracus. He is sweet, but dumb as a bag of bricks. Sarah’s dog is a sheltie named Penfield. He is a sweetheart that barks like a banchee but is a scaredy cat. Both of em get scared by thunder. As Sarah was getting ready for work Penfield jumped up into bed with me and didn’t move an inch. Baracus was running back and forth all nervous like. Makes me giggle, but it feels cool to be needed as a comfort.
Makes me wonder how many people that we see everyday are going through a thunderstorm in their life. How many people do you work with, go to school with, or talk to everyday that are just looking for a comfort. It’s really easy to get caught up in our own lives. It’s even easier to get caught up in our ministry and forget to be the comforter that God calls us to be.
Take my side, God—I'm getting kicked around, stomped on every day. Not a day goes by but somebody beats me up; they make it their duty to beat me up. When I get really afraid I come to you in trust. I'm proud to praise God; fearless now, I trust in God. What can mere mortals do? Psalms 56:1-4 Message
If we get our courage from Jesus, AND we are called to be like Him, then it IS our job to walk hand in hand with the scared that we meet everyday. Don’t let your ministry get in the way of being that shoulder for someone to lean on today. You can work on your sermon later, ministry can happen anywhere. Someone you meet today is walking through hell in their life, and you can be that person they trust.
P.S. I was going to be heading to Japan next week to work with U.N. on a relief mission. Due to the radiation problems the U.N. has halted all air travel for civilian relief efforts. We are hoping that this ban is lifted and it is safe to travel to really soon though. I may be able to go there in May, but I will keep you updated on it. Keep Japan in your prayers still. It is so easy to let that slide out of your mind, but there are tens of thousands that are still homeless, destitute and hurting there. Keep praying that the radiation subsides and the relief can get to them.
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