Ministry

The People We Meet Daily

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I waited in the tiny car rental office. It was time to return my first car rental after my accident, and get another one. As the woman behind the desk entered my information in the computer my mind drifted to all that was happening in my life. A totaled vehicle after a head on collision. My husband was in the hospital with acute kidney failure, and dangerously low hemoglobin (not related to my accident). Nonstop tests, and several blood transfusions, with so many unanswered questions. 

The kind clerk offered to give me a ride to the collision office on the other side of the car lot. I was grateful for her generosity since the car lot was quite large. In our short drive I shared with her a little of what I was going through. She was kind and empathetic and then began to tell me that her young husband had a recent cancer diagnosis. He was very scared.

In an instant I was reminded that I was not alone in my suffering. This sweet young woman was dealing with her own crisis, yet was completely gracious to me. I asked for her husband’s name, and told her that I would pray for them and their family. I made sure to write down both of their names when I got home so I would not forget to pray. 

I just came across the small card with their names and prayer requests. It was a reminder to say another prayer for them. I will never see her again but I will never forget our brief interaction. I don’t believe in coincidence. We were meant to cross paths, even if it was just for a moment. 

Every day there are opportunities to be a blessing to someone. It could be a neighbor, or a coworker, or a family member, or even a complete stranger. There are so many blessings in the everyday ordinary exchanges between humans. There are countless chances to do something seemingly insignificant, but with God involved it becomes extraordinary. 

So many times we are looking for the extra special. Those big moments to offer help in a grand gesture. Some of us will get those big moments to do big things for the Lord. But the small interactions can be sacred as well. It can be easy to overlook the simple moments that God gives us to make a difference. They are there each day, we just need to be available and aware.

That sweet woman at the car dealership blessed me greatly. By sharing her story she reminded me that people right in front of me are hurting too. Then it gave me the opportunity to show Jesus in a very simple way just by offering to pray. It helped take my eyes off of my own troubles and give me perspective. 

God wants to use us to further His Kingdom. We get the amazing privilege to be a small part of what He is doing. And it may be a million little things that make a difference for the Lord. It’s humbling and God gets all the glory. 

I pray today, and every day, you know how much you are loved by the Father and a blessing to those in your life, and those you come across just once. I’ve seen the statement, “You may be the only Bible someone reads”. Those daily small interactions are opportunities to plant seeds for the Kingdom. 

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4, NIV 

 

Love you all,

Meghan

 

22 thoughts on “The People We Meet Daily”

  1. Today I wish I could take a highlighter to your blogpost. There are so many insightful statements in it! I especially liked this one:
    “There are countless chances to do something seemingly insignificant, but with God involved it becomes extraordinary.”
    Some of those seemingly insignificant acts are especially significant when people are hurting. I know this through seasons of hurting myself. Thinking about how God can bless others through those small gestures sure is a motivator to have my eyes opened to opportunities to serve others. Beautiful post, Meghan!

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  2. Wonderful blog to remind us, no matter what we are going through, we are not alone. Sometimes people will share their problems and help you remember you’re not the only won suffering, and sometimes you never know what problems people all around you are going through. We need to pray for one another daily. God knows the problems. He’s there for us no matter how big or insignificant the situation. Telling someone you meet you’ll pray for them could be all the encouragement they need for that day. Well done, Meghan.

    Please let us know how Tom is doing, and have you completely recovered from your accident? Still praying for both of you.

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    1. God knows all things and knows who we need to interact with to give hope and encouragement. And like you said, many times we don’t know what someone is going through.

      Tom is doing pretty good. Still some pain and soreness which will take a while for complete healing but way better than months ago. I’m completely fine after my accident. No serious injuries. Just some bruises, a knot on my head, and soreness. I’m good now. God has been so good to Tom and I. Thank you for praying Sharon! We are so grateful.

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  3. A wonderful post with a wonderful message. So often we are distracted with our own problems that we either are non-caring with others, or irritated if someone says or does something we don’t like. Thank you Meghan for this message which has many messages in it depending on where our lives and family members are at the present time. God bless you abundantly.

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  4. This is an amzing article. I know that you were a great blessing for the woman that you mentioned in the aricle. God doesn’t make mistakes, and doesn’t allow us to just enter into a situation that has such significance as the one that you have discribed.

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  5. I : Megan I am trying to reply to your posts, so please be a little patient so I can finally give you my the replies I might give you what is already given for the Followers of the Savior of the World.
    At first it took me a little seconds to go back for me to look at the sunseeds you are in this post when I understood what our Creator gives us many of our best realities for His Greatest Pleasure that shows how Great our love for Him is made possible my His Only True Son. I am someone who also plants the seeds and also sometimes give others to give the water to help the tree to grow in the Son-shine. I’ve been through some of the hardest trials ever in my life time, yet it’s His greatest battles that was always my most inspirational necessities that made it possible for me. I will try to go slower so I might tell you about this revelation for the true followers of the Savior:
    I know you are already going on your most important fights today against the enemies who will make you afraid for what is happening in the world these last few years, yet it should understand what our Savior’s Revelation that was sent to the Truest Believers must be ready for His imminent coming.
    Be patient as you look closer to the clouds today, then see what is the images that are only able for true saints who can see what others might think are simply clouds..

    I am Gee.

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