My mother is a dedicated runner.
She runs in all kinds of conditions –
including many miles on the narrow shoulder of the busy highway near her
The edge of this highway is a
mixture of gravel, weeds, and asphalt.
one run, she saw something shining from the midst of the roadside debris.
She almost ran past, but decided to stop and
It turned out to be a
high-quality Cubic Zirconia gemstone.
am still amazed that she saw that tiny gem shining among the millions of rocks along
Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.
– 1 Corinthians
This verse comes very shortly before the well-known passage
in which Paul speaks of the importance of love.
Paul tells us that though he may have great understanding, skills, or
great gifts – without love they are worth nothing.
I believe that as the body of Christ, God
wants us to show love to one another – sometimes in very specific ways.
I believe that He uses the Holy Spirit to
direct us in this if we will cooperate with Him.
You may be going about your daily life when suddenly a person
around you seems to shine as if they are in a spotlight. You suddenly have a new understanding of
difficulties they are facing, or feel an urge to encourage them in some
way. This is the body of Christ in action. It is a beautiful part of following Jesus.
I believe that God makes people shine just like that gem
shined at my mother from the side of the road.
She could have kept on running, but she stopped and went back.
This is what our Lord wants from us when he
makes a person in our lives shine.
our chance to stop, take a closer look, and ask Him what we might to do show
His love to this person He placed in our path.
Posted on Sun, December 22, 2013
by Shawnna Casazza filed under