There we were sat, I sipping my tea and my daughter and her friend sipping pumpkin spices lattes. The campus shop felt warm and cozy on this cold, rainy October morning. It had been raining all week long. The warmth of the tea filled my mouth and warmed my belly. Delightful.
I had my cup poised at my mouth about ready to take a sip when my daughter’s friend quipped, “Look at that guy smoking. He needs Jesus.”
My eyes settled on a college student passing by the window where we sat. A twentyish looking man was walking with a back pack on, puffing away on a cigarette. I thought about what my daughter’s friend had said. It wasn’t the first time she had made that particular declaration during her sleep over at our home. This little saying seems to be her first response to anyone behaving badly in any way.
I pondered her insight and maturity as the girls chatted about all things teenage girlish.
She didn’t respond as I would have.
If I had spoken out about that “guy” smoking, it would have sounded more like, “Look at that guy smoking. He should know better. What’s wrong with him?”
My response: Judgmental. Critical. Harsh. Unloving.
Lindsey’s friend’s response: Truth. Understanding. Caring. Loving.
I heard someone once question, “Why are we so shocked when people misbehave?”
The Lord has been really been working this over in my heart. I keep hearing, “Look past what you can see.”
We are all created in God’s image. We all have good and bad in us.
Oswald Chambers said this in my morning devotion today, “No human being knows human beings as God does.”*
Oh, how I pray to see with spiritual eyes, with more clarity than my physical eyes can see.
After all, every one of us just “needs Jesus”.
*My Upmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers, October 4, The Vision and The Verity