Back to Normal?

What does that mean? 

Does that mean that I will no longer have little brown faces flashing before my eyes, especially when they are closed?

Does that mean that I will drink straight from the faucet without thinking of Puri and Stephanie who can’t?

Does that mean that I will “flush” my toilet, several times a day without remembering that “they” don’t?

I don’t know that there is a normal.

I don’t think I want to go back to normal.  If I forget all that God has shown me in the eyes of a child—I don’t want to go back to normal.  If I forget the way the bell hops acted when given all our left over pizza—I ‘d rather stay the way I am today, thank you.

“No one has ever done anything for us before”, they said.

Who in our lives—that we pass every single day do we neglect to do things for?  You know what?  Sometimes they live in our very own houses.  Sometimes their toothbrush sits right next to ours.  Any little thing you can do for someone, no matter how small you may think it is, It’s not to them.  I promise. 

It’s the moon to them.  It’s the stars and the sunshine.

For your devotion today, read Matthew 25:31-46.  It’s not long…but it will help us see. (NIV)

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Even though everyone is not called to go, we are called to act.  By giving of our time and heart felt efforts, we are obeying His Word.  When we can’t go, we can give.  If we can’t give financially, we can act.  We can do.  We can pray.

Ask Him today, “What would he have you do?”

Giving Him All,

Angie

About Angie Knight

On a journey with purpose, with my best friend and love of my life! View all posts by Angie Knight

8 responses to “Back to Normal?

  • Karen

    “Sometimes their toothbrush sits right next to ours.”

    Ouch…that one got me…

    Thank you for the reminder that we can always do…something!

  • Denise

    Amen sis, amen. I love you.

  • Anonymous

    Wow Angie! Through your trip, I have been reminded of how truly blessed we are. During Camp Meeting this year, the large banner at church read, “what wilt thou have me to do?” I think I had better start listening harder.

    Anita M.

  • Jennifer

    Thank you Angie for this scripture this morning. It truly blessed me. I am praying that Christ will show me his will for today. I want to be a giver not a taker!

  • Susan

    Today I heard a person who had been on a mission ask God to continue to “break her heart for what breaks His”. I agree. Great post!

  • eph2810

    Amen to that, Angie. You are right; if we can not go, we can be missionaries in our own backyard. Pray for the hurting, saying a kind word…

    Love & peace,
    <>< Iris

  • elaine @ peace for the journey

    The toothbrush right next to mine… my mission field tonight.

    Ouch.

    Oh sweet friend, I know you were blessed by your experience. I, too, have had these watershed moments when my heart was in my throat, and it was all I could do to keep pressing on with my “comfortable” life. I pray these memories will continue to fuel your heart for years to come… for God's kingdom purposes here and there. You are a kind and generous soul, filled to overflow with the love of God. Thank you for always letting it spill out on those around you, those within arm's reach; those across the seas; those across a computer screen.

    Thoughts of and prayers for you tonight…

    peace~elaine

  • LisaShaw

    Amen Angie!

    Heart felt, tender and true sharing!!!

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