A very simple message for you today -
This video reminded me of this quote by President Spencer W. Kimball "God does notice us and He watches over us. But it is usually through another person that He meets our needs. Therefore, it is vital that we serve each other."
I must admit, I have had times in my life where I have felt so unloved, so alone, so lonely, and so forgotten that these moments have been some of the most painful of my life. As miserable and agonizing as these moments have been, I have pleaded out to Heavenly Father to just have someone come rescue me and save me, and He always does. I have to tell you, it did not come immediately. God is a fourth watch God, and He waited and waited until coming to my rescue because the painful moments are the times when we are changed the most. Painful moments are the hidden blessings in our lives. God has answered these moments by the most incredible people who were willing to look with the eyes of the Savior.
There's the story of Zaccheaus in Luke 19, where he climbs up a sycamore tree to be able to see Christ, when news had spread he would be walking on the road to Jericho. You ponder on why he felt the extreme need to climb up that tree that day. I believe he was in desperate need to see Christ, he had no idea how much he was about to be changed by him, but his heart was aching to be noticed.
As Jesus passed under the tree, "he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house." (Luke 19:5)
I love this story, Christ had the eyes to see how in need Zacchaeus was, CHRIST LOOKED!! Are we looking for people who need us? Are we looking to help each other not only know, but more importantly FEEL that they are never, ever alone?
I am sure we all have a story we could share of a time when someone was looking and God blessed us through another person to let us know we are not alone. He gives those amazing opportunities to those that are willing to use their eyes to look, just as Christ would. It is a blessing to serve Christ, a blessing deeper that we could ever comprehend.
I personally have many stories like this, I'll share one with you. Once upon a time I was feeling very alone and abandoned. Things weren't going the way I expected in life and I felt like the rain was just pouring down in my life in every single way, it was also during this time when I suddenly felt as if I didn't have many friends around. I sat down at a stake meeting where I cried through the entire thing, just in dire need of feeling noticed and that I had not been forgotten, both forgotten by God and forgotten by the world. A girl came and sat by me, I thought nothing of it. During the meeting, she offered me a tissue, I was touched by her very simple gesture. When the meeting was over, she told me a group was getting together to watch the BYU game and asked if I would be interested in coming. I said yes quicker than she probably anticipated, she told me she didn't know if I would think that was weird since we just met. Little did she know I NEEDED her. A day later I sent her a text to let her know she had been an answer to my prayer. I wanted her to know that she had made a difference in my life because so often we serve others, without getting to see the end result. I wanted her to know the impact she had had on me, that I was in desperate need of being saved and she had come to my rescue. How grateful I am she was looking and she saw a need, reminding me that no one is EVER, EVER truly alone.