“Have you seen my neighbor?!
I am going to write about where I see Jesus in everyday events. I believe that we are very good at pointing out where Jesus is not and fail to see where he is. I heard it said that sometimes Jesus will calm the storm and sometimes he will calm us in the midst of the storm. So, today at Church, they talked about LOVE.
In John 15:12, Jesus said, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” There is a song by Fred Kann entitled, “Help Us Accept Each Other.” I got a chance to do this today. First, I will never again go to Wal-Mart on a Sunday. I would give anything to have the “Blue Laws” return. However, this week has been busy and today was a must run to get items that we needed. On the way, as I was approaching a stop light. I caught a white SUV coming from the far side of a 5 lane state highway cutting across in front of me. I stopped to allow him in and my humanity got the best of me and I gestured with my hands, by holding them in front of me and moving them to the side with the expression “REALLY”. He was not wanting to get in the lane but wanted to move straight across the traffic to enter the fast food parking lot on the other side. He stopped his vehicle in front of me and rolled down the passenger window. He was mouthing some words and by my summation he seemed to be upset. Again, I motioned with my hand, moving it from left to right expressing that I was waiting for him to move on. I can see why some people would just rather stay at home and not interact with humanity, people.
Then the words from Kann’s song came to mind:
Let your acceptance change us, so that we may be moved
in living situations to do the truth in love;
to practice your acceptance, until we know by heart
the table of forgiveness and laughter’s healing art.
I still struggle with loving humanity when they cut me off, get in my way, or slow me down. Then I remember that in Jesus’ last days he said to love one another as he loved us. So, I will slow down, walk with others, and allow them in…since that is what Jesus said we should do.