"If I'd abandon all that seeks to make my faith informed and chic, could You, would You, show Yourself to me?"~ Nichole Nordeman~
He sat in his wheelchair in the middle of the frozen food aisle, his mouth twisted in a grimace. Spittle dribbled on his chin, as he cocked his head to the side and gazed up at the many flavors of ice cream. The air circulating in the large store failed to whisk away the slight urine odor that clung to his clothing.
Modern day Pharisees walked down the same aisle, filling their carts with frozen foods, giving the man a wide berth. No one stopped; no one bothered to ask if he needed help. He was a nonentity, a nothing in their eyes.
The real question is: “Would I recognize Him if He did show himself to me?” He shows Himself to us every day. It’s easy to see Him in the beautiful things like nature and music. We can see Him in the well-crafted story or in the painting of a skilled artist.
But do we recognize Him in the poor, the lonely and the needy around us every day? Whenever we feed, clothe, bathe, comfort, visit or help someone who is overlooked or ignored, we are seeing and ministering to Him. (Matthew 25:40 The Message)
If I abandon all that makes my faith fashionable, popular, sophisticated or “acceptable”, then and only then will I be able to really see Him and minister effectively to Him.