I wondered about each one of them and what their story was. All kinds of scenarios went through my mind. It’s so easy to put a story with an outer appearance and yet I’ve learned from my interviewing the homeless, that what is on the inside does not always match the outside. The Lord knew this. . .I believe this is why we read in His Word. . . “For man looks on the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.” I quote this verse many times when talking about the homeless. And yet, this day in the dentist office, I found myself staring, on the brink of judging. And then I looked down at the book in my lap. Guess what the title of it was? “Why Jesus” by
Why Jesus? Because he loves the purple Mohawks, the dirty feet, the argumentative teen. . .and me. Why Jesus? Because He gave His life to give us the ultimate gift. . .Grace. I know of no other who gives grace and teaches us to give the same as He.
Grace. . .an undeserved gift. A gift I ask people to give to the “least of these.” Was I issuing grace by staring and letting my mind wander? Was I a messenger giving good news? Not this day. As I let my mind wander, one by one, each one in the waiting room was called to the back. I found myself alone again. I don’t know if I messed up this day or not, but as I was starting to beat myself up about staying quiet I was reminded, I’ve been set free, I was lost but now I’m found, was blind, but now I see, this wretch was saved for ever and ever. I don’t know where those people stand, if they will be at the banquet table or not. So I prayed for each one, that if they are not now, they will be found, sight to be opened, and grace given to set them free.
The purple Mohawk was very friendly and had a great smile. The dirty feet and arguing deaf boy sweetly smiled at me too before leaving. I smiled back. Did they issue grace? They might not have realized it, but I felt like I had received it.
Grace is such a powerful thing. It can float around a room and you think you know where it will land and then it lands right on you. My son left the office this day with cleaner teeth and I left with a more grace filled soul. Three people touched me, though they never knew it. I won’t waste it. I will pass it on. Oh amazing grace, how sweet the sound, how sweet the touch!