Over the past few years specifically, I have undergone somewhat of a Spiritual refinement. As with any new makeover, just as though one has stepped out of the salon and into the chair of the finest makeup artist this world has to offer; I found myself sitting under a completely new shade of light. I had no idea at the time, but this transformation would come equipped with a fresh pair of eyes. These new found eyes would ultimately prepare me for the journey that lay ahead.
I have the privilege to minister to adolescent girls who have escaped the life within the sex trade, and whom have experienced trauma that defies the darkest places of a human mind. When I gaze into the eyes of these young girls, I am actually peering into the depths of their souls and have visualized images words cannot begin to accurately depict. I feel what they feel, even if for such a short time, their pain, their loneliness, their loss, their despair….. it all becomes mine. Some night’s I have praised God for the revelations that have transpired from this. I have also found myself begging Him to take this curse away.
The Apostle Paul reminds us in Galatians 6:2 “Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (NIV). The very body of Christ (the church) can only function properly when all of its members work in unity. This includes the task of sharing in each other’s pain. Friends, it is time that we STOP sympathizing and START suffering alongside His children. If you have become callus to this world, unable to no longer SEE His people’s needs, I encourage you to seek out a new pair of lenses. It is not enough to simply view heartache from behind the glass, we must step into the room and take a seat.
The homeless man on the corner, do you see him as an addict hoping to make a few bucks from the morning commuters, or do you SEE him as God’s chosen, desperately trying to fight a battle deep inside that you could not begin to understand? Or what about that co-worker who never has anything nice to say. Do you see him solely for the words he speaks, or do you SEE him for who he is? A grieving, lonely man wishing so bad he could hold his wife, just one more time. She wasn’t supposed to die this young, she just wasn’t.
Friends, this world is filled with people in need. People who need to SEE Him through YOU. Are you ready for a makeover, and a fresh pair of eyes? If so, no appointment necessary.
Stefani Calens, Author