In the busyness of the past few weeks I have often caught myself uttering phrases like, “Lord, I need strengthening.”
We all have those moments – or seasons – where the day is not long enough to complete the tasks before us or where our energy gives out before the tasks are done.
In response to my request, the Lord opened my eyes to a scripture in 2 Chronicles 18:9. “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.”
I need the strengthening, but what does it look like to be fully committed to Him? I think I discovered an answer right here in Lubbock, TX.
You see, recently I was involved in an auto accident in front of my office. By God’s grace, no one was injured – just the vehicles. But here is the “fully committed to Him” part: While we were waiting for the police to arrive, six different individuals stopped; pulled off the road; and came over to see if we were OK.
They offered rides; phone usage; water; prayer; to stay by our side until the police arrived; and even to assist us with the unloading of our vehicles – which needed to be towed.
Honestly, I was blessed that so many Lubbockites would give so freely of their time and resources. My heart swelled with gratitude and “Lubbock pride.”
I truly believe that those people exemplified what it looks like to be “fully committed to Him.”
When we are willing to be salt and light as we are inconvenienced by the unexpected; to extend a helping hand to those in need; to show random acts of kindness – we are reflecting His love into the world.
We don’t need to be a Billy Graham to make an impact for God’s Kingdom. We can be fully committed to Him in our everyday coming and going. It is amazing how many opportunities He gives us to share a “cold drink of water” with someone if we begin to open our eyes and hearts.
And, as a result, He strengthens us! What better reward could we possibly desire?
Thank you, Lord, and thank you Lubbock!