A Bold Display of Love
I admit it, I’m a stalker. I love to people-watch in public places and I love to read conversations rather than participate in them online. I can only blame my need to analyze things along with my aversion to confrontation as the reasons. I’m a thinker at heart and nowadays social media gives me much to ponder.
Recently, I’ve been keeping up-to-date with a family on Instagram. Their daughter had an accident that caused trauma to her head. They are Christians and to watch their faith in a good God in action has been beautifully encouraging. In the midst of incredible pain, they have brought God glory. I don’t know them but I am so proud of them!
When little Eva Love was on the way to the hospital via ambulance, her father who was with her heard in his spirit, “Talitha Koum!” These are the very words of Jesus as he spoke to the daughter of Jairus, a synagogue leader who had come to Jesus for help. Yet while pleading with Jesus to heal his daughter Jairus was told by others she had died. Jesus responded to this report by going to see the girl and saying, “Talitha koum!” (which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!) And she obeyed. You can read the account for yourself in Matthew 5:21-43.
Today, while the father and many who have chosen to join him, are praying and fasting for this same miracle – that his daughter would get up fully healed – someone visited his latest Instagram post saying something that many Christians would view as hateful. The response was astounding. Not just from the father but amazingly also from the other followers.
Let’s see if I can show you what love on social media looks like…
See where it says View Previous Replies (16), I’m sure by the time you read this there will be many more but please trust me when I say that all 16 were loving, gracious, and filled with understanding. The only person who chastised the poster was a self-proclaimed atheist who told her she was out-of-order to say this at such a difficult time. The others had all gone to the posters Instagram to find that she was a mother who had posted about her battle with loneliness, depression, and mental health issues, and they responded with Godly wisdom.
This made me curious so I too clicked over. You’ll never guess what I found. Many of the readers had made sweet, encouraging comments. I teared up as I watched this play out. The Bride can be so beautiful when she lets the Holy Spirit lead!
This next image is the kind of thing I like to analyze.
Jennifer, the evangelist, plants a seed. It doesn’t seem to be well received but we can’t really tell what’s going on underneath the surface.
Then Rachel, the pastor, swoops in and waters the seed. Look at the response! Their friendly conversation went on for a bit. I hope and pray Rachel is in for the long haul in case the hurt and pain goes as deep with our poster as it seems to. She’ll need to be able to trust again so I speak “trustworthy” over our sister Rachel.
Am I the only one who believes our poster is about to meet her Maker in the best way possible? I love to see God glorified!
During a prayer meeting recently I heard God say these are His glory days. I believe with everything in me that we’re going to continue to see God be glorified and also the glory of God in greater and greater measure. If they are His glory days, they are the bride’s too!
God show us your glory. TALITHA KOUM!