A cry for help
By: Leslie Williamson
One thing we sometimes fail to realize is that people act and react the way they do for a reason. Have you ever paid attention to people’s reaction to you as you approach them while walking down an aisle or sidewalk? It can tell you a lot of things about that person. Is there direct eye contact, do they smile or mouth to you “hello” or do they completely ignore you as if you weren’t there? Sometimes I can see it in a person’s eyes and sometimes I can see absolutely nothing in their eyes. The latter is indeed the most frightening. Often I think to myself, “What could have possibly happened to them to make them this way?” Sometimes, just a glance can tell an entire lifetime of a person who is inactively and silently crying for help.
Our son just recently flew out to another state for a quick visit. One of the things he told me that he observed was the desperate condition of people he randomly met for the first time. They didn’t even know him but were compelled to gush out their miserable lives and existences. Some saying they were suicidal while others looked like the living dead walking around aimlessly with no destination in mind. Multiply that by 100 million times and this is what the Father sees perpetually. People who have gotten lost in the deep, dark forest of no return, finding no hope nor rest.
We see these very same people every day. Oh they may not be the proverbial vagrant we see begging on the corner, but they are right in your circles. They could be in your church, bridge club, on your job or maybe in your very own house. Take note that I said “houses” because many don’t live in a home. Your home has become a house because there is no love, warmth or trust abiding there with you.
Some cries for help are loud and demonstrative while others are completely silent. Regardless of which, they are all looking for an answer and a guide to peace. God chose you to take them by the hand and lead them there. After all, Christ gave the believers the job to operate in His stead here on the Earth and you are His ambassador.
Don’t just attend church and think that you are doing God a favor. Be an extension of mercy and grace. I tell you today, it is not enough to donate to the charities and organizations while people are feeling no hope. Our finances won’t fix their problem but our determination to come out of our comfort zones, look into those empty eyes and share the power of Christ through hope.
Start by sharing your story because none of our lives were always filled with joy. We all have a story to tell, even if it brought you shame at one time. God brought you out and that brings hope to those without it.
If we listen really close, we can hear their cries above the hustle and bustle of our own lives. It sounds like the howl of a cold desert wind, filled with fear and despair. “What can I do?” you may ask. First of all acknowledge the cry….hear it, interpret it and embrace it. Then you can understand it and flow the way the Father tells you. Sometimes just listening is the start and hear the hearts of God’s people. These precious souls belong to Him. (Ezekiel18:4), “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.”
Death occurs for many before they leave the earth. As believers, let’s do what we can to revive them and bring them back to life. God does the ultimate work but He wants you to be the vessel to bring it about.
Every blessing to you all during this season of thankfulness.