- Proverbs 14:13 (NKJV) Even in laughter the heart may sorrow…
Several years while I received a call that one of the “mothers in Zion” of our church was critically sick—maybe even to the point of death. I immediately dropped what I was doing and made my way over to her home. Imagine my surprise when I was asked to wait a few minutes before being allowed to see her—the reason given was that she wanted to make herself presentable.
Sure enough, in a little while I was ushered into her bedroom to pray for her and there she was—sitting in a chair, clothed, hair combed and serenely composed.
Was she sick? Most certainly—very; but she refused to allowed her pastor to see her that way.
I’ve never forgotten that visit. That dear woman reminds me of the many brave people who get up each day and in spite of their pain, problem, and perplexities they put their game face on and fight the good fight of faith one more time.
Are they hypocrites—acting one way while all the time they feel another way?
Are they sad examples of people who can’t deal with reality?
Absolutely not! They are brave people whose hope and strength in founded in something/Someone deeper than their current circumstances and thus they absolutely refuse to allow their temporary circumstances to define them.
However, just like the lady I visited that day, it doesn’t mean they do not need our prayers and care.
Bottom line: During this Christmas season don’t be fooled by the Christmas cheer. Behind that smile may be a soul in need of a little TLC (tender loving care).
After all, if the truth be known, we are all wounded warriors in this life—hanging on until the Baby comes backs again; the next time as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.