Recently I have been asking the Lord for two things: 1.) Eyes to see and 2.) Ears to hear. I long for the Lord to reveal to me what people need–whether the need be spiritual, mental, or physical–and what I can do for them. This past week I was standing in my school’s coffee shop talking with a friend. I happened to glance over at a table to see a girl who I was friends with freshman year. Our friendship had just kind of stopped, without rhyme or reason, and I, in some form of fashion, had been holding bitterness against this girl in my heart. Now, as I saw her, her face was painted with sadness and I felt the Lord prompting me to speak with her. I don’t recall everything I shared with her. I don’t recall everything she shared with me. Things are hard. Life is hard. Sometimes people who are hurting don’t want a scripture reference or a “God is good!” So I just prayed…because that is all I knew to do.
After I prayed, we continued to talk for a little bit.
That is the word that the Lord brought to my mind. I felt the Lord prompting me to pray for her again, breaking off any holds of unworthiness in her life. As I held her hands and prayed against unworthiness I felt her grip tighten and saw tears run down her cheek. As I prayed I repeated over and over again in my head, “Lord, you are so good.” Because he is. And I could see those chains falling off of her.
Did Jesus wait for people to come to him, to pursue him fully? Maybe sometimes but I believe Jesus had eyes to see and ears to hear. I think of the story of Zacchaeus, a tax collector looked down upon by society, in Luke 19. This broken man climbed a tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus. Jesus saw him, called him, and then stay with him! Jesus didn’t wait. Now, I understand we all need to have boundaries in our lives. We can’t continually pour ourselves out. We can’t help everyone every single second of the day. I recognized we [you, me, and everyone else in this world] are all broken. I am just wondering: Who are we letting slip through the cracks? Is it the people who are hard? uncomfortable? awkward?
Jesus LOVES hard people [Saul/Paul]. Jesus LOVES uncomfortable people [the woman at the well]. Jesus LOVES awkward people [me].
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” This young lady sitting at a table in my school’s coffee shop had no one to help her up. Saul? Who would want to help him after what he did? The woman at the well? Looked down upon by her community. Jesus chose them. He chose them.
Everyone [this is an assumption] has heard the song Royals by Lorde right? “And we’ll never be royals [royals].”
The Lord sees the girl I talked to as worthy. Not only that, but his princess. The sweet thing is: she is not the only one he sees like that. He sees us all of us as his royalty.
I hope that today you can cling to the freedom that comes with the knowledge that he sees you as worthy.
My prayer today is that the Lord will give you and me eyes to see and ears to hear.
Until Next Time,
Have you had any experiences similar to this? Is this a prayer you have prayed before? I would love to hear your thoughts, ideas, and experiences in regards to this topic!