I live in Macon Georgia which is a city that is right in the middle of the state. Interstates 75 and 16 intersect in the middle of our city and interstate 475 borders the west portion. We have a lot of people who have evacuated from the east coast and Florida to escape the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma. Now most of them are returning home to pick up where they left off.
I was eating lunch at a restaurant near I-475 where a lot of travelers stop to dine. I saw so many people who weren’t Maconites and it was quite obvious they were some of the evacuees from Florida and Savannah. What I noticed was the peace in their faces. I thought; “I would be freaking out if I were in their place.” I mean having to leave what I know to what I don’t know would take some getting used to.
While I was watching them, I thought about how important it is to make all of them feel welcomed by helping where ever I can, even if it’s just with a smile or words of encouragement. Then I thought of this verse Hebrews 13:2:
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.
People come into our lives day after day. Some of the people are in need and some aren’t. Some have genuine needs and some don’t. But a good practice would be to help when we can and treat people the way we want to be treated. Who knows, it could be a test when a stranger is in our midst. That smile we give will bring smiles when we need them. That meal or warm place to sleep will bring the same if we’re ever faced with what the evacuees were faced with.
Love people the way God loves us, unconditionally.
Dear Lord. Thank you for the opportunities we have to smile at someone who is sad, encourage someone who has given up and feed someone who is hungry. Because we should know when we help someone, we are helping you. – Amen.