The Baker’s Wife by Erin Healy will take your heart on a monstrously savage and revitalizing calm journey that will leave you burning with a desire to open your heart and mind to God’s still small voice. This story will open your eyes not only to the quiet suffering of those around you, but to your potential to impact the lives of those around you in a manner that can change them forever if you choose to be open to it. While we all have our own pain and suffering to bear, we can choose to help ease the burdens of those who are in much more pain then we are.
This story reminded me of the song “His is With Me” by Mandisa. While the song doesn’t talk about actively reaching out to those who are suffering, it does point out what no matter what struggles you are going through God Is always there with you. He will not abandon you. He will stick by you no matter what. That is the message that we need to be taking to the world around us. We need to have the heart, the courage, and the quiet passion to reach out of our comfort zone and take our neighbor’s hand and walk beside them as they struggle. After all, where would we be today if someone didn’t do that for us at the darkest times in our own lives? We need to honor that person(s) by helping those we see who are going through a rough patch.
God has placed us on this earth to learn to live together, love and obey Him, and to be His hands and feet to each other. It is His desire that we help each other up after falling down instead of taking the easy road of condemning then and walking away. Pain will never be removed from this earth, but there is no reason why we can’t do all we can to help heal those we know. Yes, it is a long process, and, yes, it is a lot of work, but the rewards are such that we will never know the extent of them until we receive them from our Heavenly Father. If we are worth the time and attention of the Creator of the Universe, then why aren’t those around us worthy of our attention?
I believe that God wants to show us His capacity for love, grace, and compassion that he has instilled in each of us. We just need to allow Him to use us, so that he can increase those reserves in us and pour out His blessings through us and to us by our obedience. We can all find different ways to show those attributes to others, but the question is will we choose to do that? Will we have the courage to step out in faith and put those in action? Will we choose to do what we can to make this a better world?
While Audrey, a Pastor’s wife who had the heart of a servant, had a physical manifestation that allowed her to sense when someone was going through a hard time, that isn’t how most of us will tell if someone is going through a hard time. We will need to rely on God’s discernment through prayer, news from friends or family, or just by getting to know someone. Even though we have our work cut out for us, it is work that is worth it not only in their lives but in our own. God will shower blessings on you for your obedience, and your help may stretch farther then just that one person. It may not impact your existence on this earth like Audrey’s family went through, but it may touch the lives of multiple people or even multiple families. We never know how far our love, grace, and compassion will go. We just need to be ready to give it in times of need.
Obedience brings freedom, peace, hope, love, and every other blessing given to us by God. Will you obey Him the next time he speaks to your heart?