I love the Lord
For he heard my voice
He heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me
I will call on him as long as I live.
How many people can you call on in a day of trouble – three, two, anyone? It is said that in our lifetimes we are lucky if we will have five life-time friends, those we can call on in season or out of season. Conversely, how many people can call on you in their time of need? Sometimes we are most oblivious to those in need around us – those we see everyday: Our neighbours, our work colleagues, the people we ride on the bus with everyday. For some reason we don’t imagine that they are in need and we exercise a policy of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’. We rob ourselves and others of blessings day-after-day because we don’t open our eyes or ears or mouths.
Does that woman crying quietly on a bus full of people need you to lag behind and offer to pray for her? Does that bag-lady surrounded by all she has in the world, sitting in a packed mall food court need food more than the attention her poverty is attracting? Does the old man in tatters picking butts out of a common ashtray need a cigarette, or enough money to buy a pack, so he can take away his mind from the absolute wretchedness he endures?
More often than not it takes very little to show someone that someone cares enough to stop and address their immediate, obvious need. Are you that ‘someone’? Be that ‘someone’. Be to someone what the Lord is for you – He who heard your cry for mercy; He who turned His ear to you. Practice mercy – “because judgement without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!” (James 2:13).
The Lord is coming!