I didn’t feel like getting up that morning. I didn’t feel like rolling out of bed and getting ready for work. Matter of fact, I imagine Dreamland waiting for my glorious return. But I felt an urge, better yet a nudge to get out of bed. Jesus strikes.
I tried to think of any and every possible excuse to call out of work.
I haven’t had my primary check-up yet. My stomach is growling ferociously… nooo that won’t work. I have a crook in my neck and the minor pain is very discomforting… nooo that won’t work either!
So I did what every other American middle-class person would do. I got ready for work.
Halfway through the door of the classroom I was greeted by a host of smiley-faced children. “Hiiiii!” Then came some hugs and leg holding as I put my things in the closet. Have you ever tried walking with three year olds holding on to your legs? Quite uncomfortable.
I was a little irritable throughout the day and didn’t feel like being my goofy, silly self with the kids. But then I felt a nudge, to smile and embrace the children passionately. Luke 18:16 shows Jesus saying, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them, for of such is the kingdom of God.” Jesus strikes again.
In another occurence, I was on my way home sitting at a bus stop. I was meeting up with some family. As I sat there waiting, I noticed a homeless man sitting on another bench across from me. I felt a press in my spirit to give the man a bag of chips in my purse. After deciding to go through with the command, I observed my surroundings. I did not want to cause a scene. So I walked over and placed the chips next to him and he said, “Thank you.” Not too long after I received a phone call from my family telling me to meet them at a restaurant because they were going to bless me with a meal. Jesus strikes again.
I’m not sure about you but I am grateful for Jesus nudging me. It’s not always comfortable or pleasant but God knows what’s needed in the world and that is love.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. John 13:34 NKJV
In the end when we respond to God’s signals we are not only spreading love in the world but also strengthening our love and lines of communication with God. As in any relationship there must be communication whether physical, verbal, sexual or that little nudge that gets us back on track.
And on that great day, to those who have responded to God’s love signals He will say,
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. Matthews 25:35 NKJV
Jesus strikes again.