“So---who is like me? Who holds a candle to me? Says The Holy. Look at the night skies: Who do you think made all this? Who marches this army of stars out each night, counts them off, calls them each by name--so magnificent! So powerful!--and never overlooks a single one? Isaiah 40:25-26 (MSG)
The theme this week seems to be God is all powerful and NEVER overlooks anyone or any thing. In Isaiah today we are reminded even stars are so important that he has named every one of them. There may even be one out there named Bob. I believe God would also like us to be that caring of all in his creation.
During Bill’s second month of college one of his professors gave a pop quiz. He was a conscientious student and had breezed through all the questions until he read the last one: What was the first name of the woman who cleans the school? Surely this was some kind of joke. He had seen the cleaning lady several times. She was tall, dark haired and probably in her 50’s, but how would he know her name? He turned in his paper leaving the last question blank.
Just before class ended another student raised his hand and asked if the last question would count toward the quiz grade. “Absolutely,” said the professor, “In your life you will meet many people. All are significant in God’s eyes. They deserve our attention and care, even if all we do is smile and say hello.” Bill never forgot that lesson and by the way her name was Dorothy.
I think we put a smile on God’s face every time we are kind to a stranger. After all, he knows the name of every star in the sky.
Question for Reflection:
- What is something you can do for a stranger today and every day to put a smile on God’s face?
Father, please help us to remember that everyone we meet every day may need a hello and a kind kind word. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen