While many of us are rightly looking at how to protect ourselves and our families, let's also not forget that there may be others who are struggling even more. This could be God's opportunity to call a neighbor, or show the Lord's love in a small way. What a great King we have!
"I went to the grocery store this afternoon. As I was walking in I heard a woman yell to me from her car. I walked over and found an elderly woman and her husband. She cracked her window open a bit more, and explained to me nearly in tears that they are afraid to go in the store.
Afraid to get sick as they are in their 80’s and hear that the novel coronavirus is affecting older people disproportionately. And that they don’t have family around to help them out. Through the crack in the window she handed me a $100 bill and a grocery list, and asked if I would be willing to buy her groceries. I bought the groceries and placed them in her trunk, and gave her back the change. She told me she had been sitting in the car for nearly 45 min before I had arrived, waiting to ask the right person for help. I know it’s a time of hysteria and nerves, but offer to help anyone you can. Not everyone has people to turn to."
Rebecca's follow-up tweet:
"Overwhelmed by the positive response to my tweet yesterday. Over 11 million of you have seen my story and counting. Thank you to everyone who has shared it. Frankly most people I know would have done the same thing I did. I was just in the right place at the right time."
Here are a few responses from her followers:
Thank you Rebecca. I'm thinking of my neighbors - she's a very active and healthy 75+ and her son (55?) has cancer. He's not on chemo but his treatment does weaken his immune system. I will go and tell them that I'll gladly do their grocery runs for them until this thing is over.
Reading and thinking about my parents (both in their early 70's) doing this. They're proud and not from a generation that asks for help easily. Crying thinking about them sitting and waiting to find someone who might help. Thank you for your kindness!
What can we take away from this small act of kindness? That our God is so good, and it is in days like these where we have a real opportunity to serve. Please keep your eyes and hearts open!
Also, be VERY encouraged - the Lord has already opened some new doors for us to serve. May the Lord allow us to minister to those in need, in Christ's name, and walk alongside them!
He has not stopped transforming lives, and bringing glory to His name. And I don't think He's planning on stopping any time soon.
Who knows what the Lord might be doing in us, or how He might use us?
Will you share how will you reach out to love your neighbors this week? Will it be a phone call to an elderly neighbor or someone struggling with cancer to see if you can meet a need? Reconnecting with your family over board games and books? Spending time in the Word or praying?