My friend Leslie once told me she asked God to send someone to her door. And He did.
That’s a pretty bold prayer if you ask me. But as the Lord continues to remind me of that so many face the reality of an eternity away from Him, He affirms what we already know He has called us to through Scripture.
When a scribe asked Jesus what the greatest of His commands are, He replied:
“This is the most important,”[n] Jesus answered:
Listen, Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is One.[o]30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.[p][q]
31 “The second is: Love your neighbor as yourself.[r] There is no other command greater than these.”
32 Then the scribe said to Him, “You are right, Teacher! You have correctly said that He is One, and there is no one else except Him. 33 And to love Him with all your heart, with all your understanding,[s] and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself, is far more important than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
34 When Jesus saw that he answered intelligently, He said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And no one dared to question Him any longer.
Mark 12:29-24 (HCSB)
Katherine and I are still learning what it means to love our actual, physical neighbors as we love ourselves.
The day before we moved, I thought about the boldness of my friend Leslie. I prayed a quick prayer — Lord, bring someone to our door.
I didn’t give God a timeframe because, well, I know He doesn’t work like that. And sure enough, during the middle of moving day my mom informed me we had visitors. That was quick.
When Katherine and I went to the door, we saw three beautiful brown faces staring up at us. The next door neighbor kiddos had come to introduce themselves and welcome us to the neighborhood.
Can you remember the last time a neighbor came to your door just to say hello? I don’t think I can.
Kids are so non-threatening, aren’t they? I think it’s incredible when the Lord uses them to speak to us. I’m excited to get to know Anna, Angie, and John.
I know you’ve been praying for us, too, as we become part of our new community. Thank you. We covet those prayers and they have not gone unanswered.