Jesus in the Alley

 

I pull around the corner, VBS songs jingling, children singing. I pull into an alley and drop off the four. “We’ve been evicted and have no place to sleep,” their mom says. “Will you take our children for the night?” her voice cracks. As the words roll over her tongue the salt of her soul pours from frightened eyes.

I load up the car, my kids and theirs. I know in the pit of my stomach God has prepared me for this moment, to care for the neglected, “the least of these.” Jesus said we would find him in the least of these and that caring for them is like caring for him. Jesus also said, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” and that day myself didn’t want to be homeless.

It isn’t until after I shut the doors and jump back into the driver’s seat that the full weight of what transpired hits me. My mind flips through the scenes of the day. I drive away replaying the emotional goodbyes of a family struggling to survive. Before I know it, temporary guardianship papers are signed, overnight turns into a week, and these little ones completely capture my heart.

One day while doing the unromantic tasks of peeling potatoes and pulling out splinters, it hits me. Days before all this happened, I prayed God would do whatever it took to make me live more sacrificially. Sure, I’m involved in ministry, I go to church, I give to others, but I didn’t live as passionately and sacrificially as I wanted to, as I felt the Bible called us to. That day God’s answer… “Yes, ministering to this family is how I’ll teach you to live the way you’ve asked.”

I want big things from God. I think it’s ironic that we want big things from God then find it strange when he asks us to build an ark, feed 5,000, march around a building for seven days, care for the poor, the helpless.

God teaches me that every day I have a choice. I can choose to remain nestled in my comfort zone or I can step out in faith into the danger zone. I can let the fear of something small cripple me or I can take a risk and do something to help someone else, make a person smile, change someone’s world if only for a day, for a moment. To me, life with Jesus and sharing His name is life to the fullest. All we have to do is decide to get up, get out, and embrace it.

Will you embrace it today?

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6 Responses

Wow….what an amazing example of obediently following! God has placed you squarely in the raw middle of ministry and is using your beautiful abilities in a huge way! What an incredible testimony written from a heart overflowing. Praying God’s strength upon you as you continue in His work!
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Debbie Dillon recently posted..The Jul/Aug issue is HERE!My Profile

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07.05.12

What a powerful, powerful post, Kelli. Praying for you as you continue to step out in obedience.
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07.05.12

I remember when I was in VBS that was good had great times I am so glad they never got away from it and that it’s still here…Praise God
Desiray recently posted..His word is like fire shut up in my Bones!My Profile

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07.05.12

I am in tears-with joy for how God has used your obedient heart and family. I love you so much and I love the Lord so much and what He does through you. I am praying for you-for God’s wisdom and strength and peace and joy as you and your family are on this journey–because I know it is a whole family thing. I hope he uses me this way!

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07.05.12

Powerful post. Thank you for sharing.
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07.05.12

Wow…what a testimony! It brings to mind that song “Face of Christ”….you and your family are certainly showing His heart…and being His hands and feet….may the Lord bless you greatly!
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