Faith Stories: To Really See
Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.” -Luke 10: 23-24
A beautifully dressed woman walked into St. John’s gym. Several times she had driven past the electronic sign in front of St. John’s advertising the Shepherd’s Market. She told me, “I saw the sign about the Food Pantry, and I think it’s a great thing. I can’t offer to volunteer here because of my job, but I was wondering if I could help by giving you some money?” After she gave me a $100 check, she turned to leave. Thinking that this encounter should go a little deeper, I said “If you have a few minutes, I’d love to give you a tour of the pantry.” She accepted my offer and I showed her around and told her some of the stories of the clients that had come to the Shepherd’s Market.
After the short tour, she looked at me sheepishly and said, “I am embarrassed I only gave you $100. I wish I had given more. If I had another check with me, I’d give you more now, but I will commit to giving regularly.” After this woman took the time to really see, she realized that God was at work in this place. It is a reminder to all of us to really see what is around us. Where is God at work in our lives? Maybe in places we haven’t taken the time to really examine.