John 4:35 states, "Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!"
The first day I was studying John 4 I felt as though I had read this passage for the first time and it was written just for me. Tracie, lift up your eyes and look at the fields! All day and into the week I felt a nudge..."Tracie, lift up your eyes and look....they are right here." "Tracie, look..I have orchestrated your paths to cross, don't miss this!"
I am trying to be more aware. I am trying to "look up" and truly see who He has placed in my path each day. Asking Him to guide and direct my steps, my conversations, my actions, and my attention. I don't want to miss an opportunity to love on someone because I am too busy with my own agenda...I really don't. But often I allow my hurried, task oriented, over-scheduled, kid-filled life to get in the way.
So, I keep reading and studying. I keep coming back to Him and His Word looking for guidance and instruction. Just this morning my study lead me to Matthew 9:36-37 and once again, I am moved..."When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few."
Once again, this resonates in my heart as a Christ follower. I began to ask myself, "Do I truly see the crowds?" "When I do, is there compassion in my heart for them?" Not a feel sorry for them but a true, Jesus type of compassion for the confused and helpless?
The truth is, my day is filled with moments where my path crosses many who are weary, confused, helpless like sheep without a shepherd. The question is, do I look up long enough to see them, recognize their need and stop long enough to be fully present to assist? Unfortunately, I am afraid I miss so many opportunities like this.
Today I hear Him calling all of us:
- Look up!
- Look up from your "to-do" list
- Look up from your busy schedule
- Look up from your own agenda
- Look up into your neighborhood, office, store...wherever you ate
- See the harvest is ripe, right in front of you.....Look up!
- See those who are weary, confused, and helpless and love on them...like Jesus would.
That's my prayer for all of us this week.....that we will Look Up and see.