Jesus said in Matthew_10:38, (KJV), “And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.”
Today, I went to a Ladies Bible study at the nursing home on this dark, rainy day. One of the ladies is in her early sixties, single and disabled. She recently got moved to a smaller room away from the nurses’ station. The overhead television set was there and she got used to sitting by the attendants and watching her favorite game show at 3:00 p.m.
Now, for whatever reason, they don’t want her sitting by them anymore in her wheelchair and they won’t let her watch the television program. So, she told us she’s been crying day and night for a few days now.
We asked her to pray, we asked her to sing – she has a wonderful voice. Then we decided to sing a few songs worshiping Jesus. The atmosphere changed, she smiled and felt better. An elderly lady told her to sing to Jesus when she feels sad. “Change that room into yours,” she said. “Pray to Jesus, He’ll help you.”
The lady that normally reads the Bible for us came into the room a tiny bit grumpy. Not complaining, but out of sorts. She’s 94 years old, probably aching. I know she was cold because she appreciated her crocheted blanket draped over her shoulders.
I watched our reader settle back and wait while the younger woman shared her woes, before we sang. She “took up her cross,” and put her own desires aside awhile. Finally she spoke up. “Are we ever going to get to the Bible?”
Everyone agreed the time had arrived to stop ministering and to dive into the Word of God. That ministered to this younger woman. Afterwards, she exhibited a calmer countenance, an enthusiasm to spend time with God, and an interest in reaching out to others.
I’ve found in my own life when feeling down that when I shifted my attention to fulfilling someone else’s need, those “blue” feelings disappeared. Praise God!
How are you doing?
May God bless you.