By Passed
July 1, 2013 Vicki Ohlerking

By Passed

July 1 2013

Lisa Smith | Shoreline Church | Austin, Texas | Follow on Twitter

Rise and shine, its 6:30 am, I quickly jump out of bed to inhale the ocean air and capture the sun rising along the Texas coast. After beholding the beauty of the morning breaking, I enjoy a lovely stroll along the beach; pausing every so often to pick up a treasured shell, while bypassing the small and broken ones.

As I continued, I began to see a variety of jelly fish that had washed onto shore. I finally paused and was peering down at this beautiful Portuguese Man O’ War jelly fish that was stuck in the sand, when I heard God whisper to my heart. There I stood surrounded by God’s beautiful creation, feeling convicted of all the times I had bypassed an opportunity to help the insignificant, the broken, the small and the toxic. They are sitting in the seats of the sanctuary, they are in line at the grocery store, beside me at sporting events; yet at times my busyness preoccupied my mind and I missed a chance to help someone in need.

God has called us to share the good news that Jesus saves and that His grace is indeed sufficient for every need! Each church service, small group and event requires a lot of preparation and should always be done with excellence. However, I can easily say that on occasion, I have become enamored with the details and found myself in work mode versus attentive to those who need ministering to.  While planning is important, what we do, is not a job, it’s a call from the Most High God to stop for the broken hearted, to be interrupted by those in need and to help those who are toxic.   We should always be a part of the solution, not another obstacle for those who are hurting.

This week, my prayer is that we will reflect on what the call means to us;  making ourselves available for the interruptions and allowing the Holy Spirit to nudge us when we are about to bypass the one.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Isaiah 6:8