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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Jesus Loves

He tells me He guides him right where he needs to be. Turn by turn walking through the streets, praying for ones that are in need. He speaks to him, covers him and walks with him.

Jesus loves him.

He tells me of a group of youth flags hanging out of their pockets. Not representing stars and stripes instead they are colors, territory, a street family. The enemy echoes in his mind, “Don’t approach.” Courage wins the battle as he steps toward the crowd when many wouldn’t come close. They speak of a loss a friend just died. In mourning they cried. A man and a group of youth bowed their heads and prayed. Jesus sees past the flags, the territory, and the streets.

Jesus loves them.
Traveling in a city states away, he sits next to another man not much older than him. Liquor stained breath, dirty clothes and his hand reaching up asking for change. He sits next to him unafraid. He has no earthly change to give. He asks him if he knows who Jesus is. The homeless raises his hands and says, "My Savior." The gospel isn’t spoken the hearts of the two men already know. He reminds him Jesus loves him no matter where he is. Two men, two different yet oh so similar paths of life join in prayer and Jesus stands near. Tears are shed. The dirty clothes and liquor stained breath disguise the man that Jesus knows.

Jesus loves him.

He tells me of another woman on the streets asking for money so her kids can eat. Only a few dollars are in his hand. He asks her if she knows who Jesus is. She replies rewinding her life to better times. In the voice of a child she questions, “Didn’t He die for me?” Life has dealt her hard knocks as she promptly turns to leave. His eyes well up feeling for a moment our Father grieve. Not knowing what to say succumbed by emotions she turns away. The child in her knows while the woman abused on the streets struggling to survive covers herself in layers of this world. Jesus sees her.

Jesus loves her.

He tells me of three shooting dice on a corner for all to see. The streets are rough life is hard and not all want to hear The Word. He approaches asking if they know Jesus. The three men halt their craps game they listen intrigued. He draws a crowd. Who is this man? Their spirits cry out loud. He tells me he gets discouraged when people walk away as he recalls the one who throws his head back snorting coke just as he turns around. I remind him of the three that accepted Jesus that night in the streets. The three, the crowd, even the one with white powder on his hands, He knows them.

Jesus loves them.

I hear his stories his work after work while on the road. I flip through the channels catching glimpses of Kim’s Fairytale wedding for the second time. I don’t have to wonder if this is entertainment or wasted minutes. I turn the TV off and slide his ring on my finger, proud of my husband. We laugh as he says he is turning into the crazy man on the streets preaching about Jesus for all to see. I remind him, Jesus holds his hand and Jesus called him.

Jesus loves him.

I wonder how life would be. If we all turned off our TV’s, muted the craziness that drives our lives and not make a sound. How would it be if we, followers, actually listened and were obedient to Him? Could we slow down enough and put ourselves aside? Could we swallow our pride? Approach a crowd with flags hanging from pockets on their backside? Hold a dirty hand, give more than money to a beggar or simply choose to stop wasting our time? He reminds me greater works will be done and I look around for some. He says, “Look within”. He sees us, sitting behind computer screens flipping through smart phones. He watches us closely, quietly whispering rise up be all I created you to be. He knows us.

Jesus loves us.

Jesus calls us.

Are you going to answer the call?


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20 comments:

  1. Misty, this touches my heart. He cries, Be still, and know that I am God. But so often we don't hear the still, small voice because of all the commotion we allow to grab hold of us, and all the distraction Satan throws at us. How it must quench the Spirit when we turn a deaf ear to His whispered words of comfort and love.
    Love and blessings, Laurie Collett
    http://savedbygracebiblestudy.blogspot.com/

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  2. Hi Misty - lovely post. I think we are so protected in our homes and its scary to think of going out like this man does. But he is showing Jesus to the world. Great encouragement to share Jesus.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  3. What a beautiful mystery... that he loves us!

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  4. Awesome post with such an important question. Thanks for posting.

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  5. Such a convicting post, Misty. I know I don't obey the call near as often as I should.

    One of our preacher friends says his wife doesn't say "Be careful" when he leaves the house. She tells him to "Be dangerous." What if we all lived that way? Trusting more in Jesus' love to protect us and guide us?

    Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Thank you for the reminder that He loves us all.

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  7. applause for the people who do something.
    sure sounds like you have an active family.
    Be blessed.
    T

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  8. That's a great post - I was just thinking recently when someone comes into church, smelly and drunk, do we avoid them or make an effort to speak to them and have grace and compassion like I'm sure Jesus would have done.

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  9. i love this, misty. i love how you help us see him in the crowd of lonely and forgotten. i love how the homeless raised his hand and said, "My savior." xo

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  10. A wonderful thing to be loved like we are by Jesus and continue to look around for those places we can share His love!

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  11. Hi Misty,

    Nice to meet you again! It's unfathomable how much Jesus loves us. I'm so glad He does.

    Blessings,
    Judy

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  12. Such an encouraging post, you always touch my heart. This is Denise, from shortybearsplace.

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  13. Misty,
    I love the tapestry you unravel in this post. Tear, upon weary back, upon hope, upon love, upon too much and not enough.
    Thank you for sharing, janae

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  14. Love this too...raining His mercy...it knows no end, we are the greatest recipients and so we can never turn our backs on all, for all hurt...with love, abby:}

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  15. Beautiful post, Misty. I love your words "I wonder how life would be. If we all turned off our TV’s, muted the craziness that drives our lives and not make a sound. How would it be if we, followers, actually listened and were obedient to Him?" It's so easy to get caught up in everyday life. How much more important it is to truly pay attention.

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  16. isn't it great to be married to a Jesus guy?

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  17. Thank you so much for reminding me of this <3

    <3-Cami from First Day of My Life

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  18. Great post! Thx for reminding us. We must never forget theat Jesus loves us

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  19. Nice post. I know what you mean. How much he loves us...
    a
    Thanks for your post

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  20. A very challenging post. Are we really following Him?

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