Yesterday when I was doing some sewing for my husband, I thought, “Gee, I would love to call the woman who taught me this skill.” Later on in the evening, I Googled her name and saw her phone number. I knew it was a God occurrence because I have tried to find her many times over the past several years and was unable to do so.
So I called her and we talked for about a half an hour. She shared her life with me and it impacted me greatly. She had followed her profession and then had gotten sick. She returned home until she recovered. At some point after that, her father became ill and her mother couldn’t care for him by herself. She chose to help her mother care for her father and then later when her mother couldn’t take care of herself, she chose to help her until she passed. Throughout the years, she had some difficult health issues to deal with also.
What struck me about her was her attitude. She had the same sweet innocence about her that she had when I knew her decades ago. She is a strong believer in Jesus and has relied upon Him to take care of her all of these years. After we hung up, I thought about her for several hours. When I got into bed, I continued thinking about her. She is certainly one of those people that doesn’t fit in any kind of a mold. I was praying about her and the phrase came into my mind, “Of whom the world is not worthy.”
This phrase is from the Hebrews 11:38 in Scripture where the writer is describing those who followed God and how the world mistreated them; i.e. “the world was not worthy of them.” They are people who followed their faith to the end and suffered persecution and deprivation because of their beliefs.
In a world of selfishness, greed and self-centeredness, those who lay down their lives to help others stand out. Those who manage to maintain their innocence in the midst of the evil in this world stand out even more. I have only known one other person like this in my life. To describe it in a different way, these people are truly pure in heart.
What is the takeaway for us? Romans 16:19 tells us to “be wise about what is good and innocent about what is evil.” If we want to be pure in heart, we must turn our eyes, minds and hearts away from what is evil in this world. It is everywhere but we must set our hearts to not participate in it. I don’t know about you, but I would love to be “wise about what is good and innocent about what is evil.” At the end of our lives, our character will be a reflection of the choices we have made. Lord, help us to choose the good and not the evil!
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