Have you ever had a desire to visit strangers? I do. I keep thinking about wanting to go to people’s houses and visit with them. Doing nothing out of the ordinary. Just visiting, maybe sit back and watch tv with them, look around, and listen to what their heart says to me. Maybe I’ll find clues about what I can do to help them in some way. Maybe they’ll have a dog and I can give it a bath or take it to the groomer. Maybe they don’t get around as well as they used to and I could come back and clean house for a few hours. Maybe I can bless them by washing their dishes, taking out their trash, or better yet maybe we could play a game of scrabble, sing out of an old hymnal, or just exchange stories about our lives. I want to plant seeds of God’s love for people. I know I can do that with a smile, or an expressive look that weeps with those who weep and rejoices with those who rejoice. I want to get out of my life, my house, my problems and into someone else’s. I want to be a lifter that helps cast all their cares on Jesus. I want to be released to do good works, acts of kindness, to be a visitor that’s been sent, with the purpose of refreshing other people’s lives. So where do I go from here? How do I release this vision? Who do I share it with? Am I suppose to be sent by someone else or am I suppose to find them on my own? Am I trying to gain position at church or am I trying to find my position in Christ? I know I’m not looking for a title, those are worthless things. I’m looking to fulfill the purpose for which He’s called me and to see that vision completed in me.
Next week I’ll be in the church office volunteering for a day. I hope while I’m there that I’ll hear about a need that I can fill. A prayer request might come in, or a meal might be needed. I could ask if someone knows of anyone who could use a visit. This desire to help people really wants to be expressed right now and writing about it today is so far its only expression. Where did this come from, this yearning in my belly that makes up who I am and what I want to do so badly? Vision I hope you’ll come running to me soon. I want to embrace you with all I’ve got.