There is a gas station south of my home that I occasionally fill up or top off at, in my truck or on one of my motorcycles. Last week, I stopped in again to add a little petrol on my way home. It was a nice, sunny day, and only 1-2 cars at the station.
There is a young African-American lady who works in there, whom I’ve seen on several occasions. In modern standards of physical beauty, she would not measure up- cross eyed, large thick glasses, severe overbite, small chin, protruding ears, squeaky voice. I’ve seen and heard customers exit the store, snickering or giggling among themselves about her.
Maybe because I’m a father of two daughters, or maybe because I’m trying more to see people as God sees them, my heart went out to her this particular time as I went in to pay for my fuel. I looked her in the eye, addressed her by name, smiled, and tried to chat briefly with her while she rang up my purchase. I said something at one point to make her laugh, and when she did, she looked up at me for the first time. I thanked her, wished her a blessed day in the Lord, which she thanked me for, and I left the building.
Part of me wanted to go back in there and give her a big hug, and tell her, “You are dearly and deeply loved by the God who created you and knows you. And you are infinitely beautiful and valuable to Him.” As I rode the rest of the way home, I prayed for her- that she would come to a relationship with Christ if she hasn’t yet, and that God would wrap His loving arms around her heart today. I’m looking for the next chance to speak with her, and maybe share that myself.
There are hurting and lonely people all around us, every day, who in some way or another feel they do not measure up to the feeble and fleeting standards of society. And yet King David wrote “I praise You, oh God, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14) We must love “not just in word, but in deed and truth” as 1 John 3:18 states.
Find someone today that you can share and demonstrate the love of God to. Ask to see people as He sees them. He will, so be ready.