The other morning I got quite a boost when I downloaded the song “He Leadeth Me” by the Martins. It was so perfect, their soothing harmonies filling my heart. I had just listened to the Christian comedian Mark Lowry, who makes us feel good with all his goofy stories of Christians. Why did I feel so good? I was laughing at Mark’s stories and singing God’s praises with the Martins.
Not sure how you feel but my husband and I can only watch an hour of news a day. It gets so depressing I sometimes want to climb into a pickle barrel and close the lid. But when I am surrounded by singers like the Martins who sing loving praises to God and I join in with fun and laughter with fun-minded folks like Mark, I get encouraged to walk on out into this messed- up world and still look for the good and meet some of the incredible folks who God is using to remind me this is His world and He will return to join those who have put their hope in Jesus.
Just look on Facebook daily and you can see evidence of people all over the world helping others and smiling. Whether it’s paying it forward by small acts of kindness or showing love to someone we may not ever want to even approach. I remember the time years ago Ned and I and our daughter Courtney were at an outreach for homeless folks on mother’s day. A man approached me for a hug. I could smell him coming…I always had a problem with certain smells and this one almost did me in..a combination of urine and alcohol baked in the sun. I wanted to run back to the car, yet I was ashamed. Gently the Lord whispered into my heart…”hug him for Me and you will not smell anything.” As he got closer I opened my arms and he walked into them, a huge grin on his face as if to say, “you can be my mama today.” As I closed my arms around him all I could feel was love…and surprise of surprises I smelled nothing..just the aroma of God’s love. He leadeth me that day…now what can you do today? I love you, kathy