PLEASE HELP ME
Last night I had a series of dreams. Not about imaginary things but of things I’ve observed in the past that still deeply move my heart in the present. In these dreams were people I had the joy of helping throughout Colleton County back when my health was much better. It was as if each of them were calling me by name for help. Maybe God was simply reminding me that these type of needs still exist all around us.
In my dream, I was reminded of homes I walked into that if you weren’t very careful you would fall through the collapsing floor. I was reminded of one of the times I took pizza to a nearby home and the starving, overjoyed little kids all but tackled me with the biggest smiles on their faces. I was reminded of homes I’ve been in where an old man or woman was dying, but had no family or friends helping them in their darkest days. I was reminded of a lady who was literally running down a dark dirt road after midnight in the freezing cold just to get a small space heater from me.
So much was coming at me all at once and the tears were just flooding my face. I was reminded of a young child around 8 years old who had never met his dad, had no siblings, and yet his mom was just days from dying. He said, “Will you just pray that God doesn’t take my mommy from me?” Just a few days later his mom passed away quietly. I had to watch this little boy tugging on his deceased mom’s clothes begging her to wake up.
Alright, I’m gonna stop there because the tears are no longer in the dream, but my current reality. I could go on and on because I’ve seen these things and much more firsthand. These people live in my backyard and yours if we will just open our eyes and heart. How do you love your neighbor as yourself? It starts with a Christ-like compassion which leads to the execution of a God compelled love for others. Ask yourself, what can God do through me to help someone out there in true need? When you make yourself totally available God will lead you to the rest. Remember that love doesn’t have to cost you a dime.
“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”