The Glance of Hope
The girl stood at the entrance to the doorway. Her cutoff shorts and T-shirt in stark contrast to the pressed tops and nice clothes of those attending the women’s conference.
The speaker noticed the girl during her talk, as the outcast moved from each of the four doors by the back hallway.
After the speaker finished, the girl made her way through the crowd as the women gathered for a lunch break.
The Encounter of Hope
The speaker watched the girl, whose head hung low, who moved away from the chatting ladies, she kept to herself, near a wall. Her body language screamed that she didn’t fit in. That she was not like the others.
The speaker made her way to the girl. “I’m glad you’re here. You could have come in and sat down.”
The girl fidgeted. “No. But you said good stuff today. I needed to hear it.”
“Thank you. I pray you see how precious you are to the Lord.”
“Thank you. I needed to hear that, too.”
Hope is Good Stuff
As I think of this story it reminds me how I should pray, that I might say “good stuff” about the Lord for the outcast in the crowd. Or the one lingering nearby. Or the lonely.
For God calls to us, and it matters not what we are wearing, or where we are standing, or how we may personally feel about ourselves.
And I’m reminded of this too. “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31 ESV
So if you’re lingering in the hallway of life, may you remember that Christ sees you. And that He is calling to your heart! And yes, that’s “good stuff” for the soul.