Sowing and Reaping
Author: Shirley McCoy (Florida, US)
Getting to know our neighbours can be an adventure. Across the street lives a lovely 91-year-old lady, a widow, who is almost totally blind. The first time we talked, she ended our visit saying, ‘God bless you.’ My ears perked up. Later, she told me she was a Christian but she didn’t go to church because of her lack of sight. She is also unsteady on her feet from sciatica and other problems with walking, so being in crowds is dangerous for her. I offered to visit her once a week and read to her from the Bible. I wanted to help fill the void left by her inability to attend church.
I’m not sure now whether God opened the door so that I could minister to her or so that she could to minister to me. I read scripture to her, but her positive attitude and love of the Lord have become an inspiration to me. When she found out that I write Christian literature, she asked me to read some to her. She always responds with encouragement or a challenge.
God took a situation I thought was for my neighbour’s good and brought joy to both her and me. How blessed we are that God makes all things work together for good for those who love the Lord (see Romans 8:28).
Prayer: Thank you, dear God, for the many ways you bring peace, joy and a sense of purpose to our lives. Amen