Such An Easy Thing To Do? – Psalm 113
He walked into the convenience store at the gas station, wanting to pay for the tank of gas and buy a gallon of milk to take home to his family. He saw a woman, old and bent with age, working to open the door. She stood with crutches, the kind that clamp around her forearm and offer handles for her to steady herself. He felt in his spirit what he has come to recognize as nudgings of the Holy Spirit: Help her.
“Ma’am, may I get the door for you?”
“Oh, yes. Please.” As she passed by him, she thanked him with far greater intensity than the gesture deserved. He had only held the door for her, such an easy thing to do.
He paid for the milk and walked out to the gas pump, and before he got into his car, he saw the woman once again. This time, she was awkwardly trying to balance herself and her crutches while she pumped gasoline into her car. Again, he felt the nudge of the Holy Spirit: Help her.
“Ma’am, may I pump your gas for you?”
“Oh, my. Yes. Yes, please.” She sat in the front seat of the car, resting her weary body, while he completed a task that is so menial, so routine for him.
And then he noticed: she was weeping. He felt one more nudge in his spirit: Pray with her.
“Ma’am, may I pray with you?”
She looked up at him, her face wet with tears. “You would do that?”
“I would be honored.” He knelt next to the open door where she sat in her car, and he prayed for her, asking the Holy Spirit to intercede in ways he could not know, to care for this woman and bless her on this day, that she may feel loved.
When he opened his eyes, she said, “Sir, you have no idea how I have been overlooked. But on this day, I know God has seen me. Thank you.”
God has given us one another, that we may share his love in the world, in the lives of others, in ways that may seem small and menial.
To obey is to love as he loves.
He picks up the poor from out of the dirt, rescues the wretched who’ve been thrown out with the trash,
seats them among the honored guests, a place of honor among the brightest and best.
Tricia Lott Williford’s great loves are teaching, writing, and her two young sons, Tucker and Tyler. She collects books, words, and bracelets, and she pushes the boundaries of ‘widowed, single mom.’ Tricia speaks at events and retreats all over the country, and she writes daily on her blog, TriciaLottWilliford.com.