One Another

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.

—Romans 12:10

As I was walking past the brick wall, I noticed hand prints someone had made.

I didn’t know who had made them and I didn’t know why they had made them.

As I continued walking, I was compelled to go back and photograph the wall.

How many people had walked past that wall since it had been constructed years ago?

How many of those people were hurting?

Lonely?

Dealing with insurmountable challenges?

How many of them had faith in God?

How many did not?

As they passed the wall, they left a portion of their lives there—a few seconds or moments in time as they traveled on to the next one.

What if each person I’ve known could’ve left an impression of themselves on the wall of my heart?

Would they have found love there?

Acceptance?

Empathy?

Encouragement?

What would Jesus have wanted them to find?

Cast

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.

—1 Peter 5:7

It was peaceful.

The sun was fading as evening shadows approached.

I sat alone on the bench beside the lake.

Birds paddled across in the water in front of me.

A chilly March wind blew through my long sweater.

The trees, now barren looking, would soon answer God’s call to burst into new green leaves with the arrival of spring.

Worries.

Uncertainties.

I am not strong enough to bear them.

I was not meant to.

Only Jesus can rescue me from all that threatens

peace

in my heart.

Everything

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

–Philippians 4:13

The bird was perched on a branch high in the air.

I wonder if he had ever thought it was too high to fly to?

There, near the highest point of the tree’s reach to the heavens, he could surely see for miles.

There are times that God plans for us to perch on top when we are convinced we can only make it to the lower branches.

It is God who gives us the strength to reach the heights.