Last week my husband and I were headed out to lunch when we saw this man push a woman out of the car and onto the ground. The man sped off as she laid there crying and rubbing the bruises on her leg. We immediately pulled over, along with about 8 other members of our community, and I hopped out to help her. She was crying and almost hyperventilating, in shock at what just transpired. I myself was shocked, but I kept saying to myself, “keep it together, she’s helpless.” A few passers by called the police or chatted with my husband on the side of the road. I remember the mood at that moment. It was solemn and hopeless. It was almost empty, yet I could hear God directing me. He encouraged me to speak into her life, but more so to help the time pass, not to witness. I knelt down to her and starting speaking gently to her, allowing her to vent about the situation. I told her how she was a valuable person, just by all of the people who have literally jumped the curb or slowed down with worried looks on their faces to see if she were ok, and it was proof how valuable she is. I kept speaking kind words to her, careful not to thump the Bible; it just wasn’t the right time. She didn’t need scripture; she needed a common everyday phrase to help her up. Later the police arrived and my husband and I left. After lunch, about two hours later, we were at the gas station getting gas and what did we see? We saw the man walking in front of her carrying trash bags and her behind him as if a punished child, carrying other bags. She made eye contact with me, I smiled gently and nodded a hello and looked away.
You can’t save everybody. Some people are just not at the point to submit or will never decide to take that journey of a relationship with Christ. Situations like this can easily prompt you to be discouraged or to not speak the love of God to a stranger or friend in need again. But we have to remember, Jesus said, “If I be lifted up from the earth, I’ll draw all men to me.” (John 12:32 KJV) He didn’t ask us to save them, but to lift HIM up. He’ll do the drawing.
Don’t get discouraged if you do not see the harvest from the seeds you plant in people. In some cases our job is to only share God’s love, expecting nothing in return.
There are so many times when you present the moment in which I have the honor to do a deed in Your name, yet I do not see the grateful receipt of the one I helped. Help me to remember that my job is to lift You up, tell people about You, and love them with Your love. Lord, I ask that when I read Your Word, that You continue to give me the wisdom of what to say and the right discernment and timing in which to share Your love. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to share God’s love anyway, without the intent of them coming to Christ in your presence or timing.
Share an experience where you planted a seed or demonstrated God’s love to someone in need.
As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is a university administrator. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV) Khalilah also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Her passion is mentoring young women and marriage empowerment. She resides in Orange Beach, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their two daughters. They are members of New Beginnings Christian Center in Foley, AL.