Monday, February 29, 2016

The Great Impact of a Small Toe

I did something to my little toe recently that seemingly impacted almost my entire body.  I stepped up on a lose block in the bathroom to switch on the hot water for the shower.  (Our hot water heaters are directly attached to the showers and are turned on and off as needed. At first the mixture of electricity and water can be a little off-putting, but it hasn't shocked us yet and we all like warm showers.)  

Now where was I, yes, I stepped up on the wobbly brick, stretching high to reach the switch, when the block turned over and smashed my little toe.  (There is a safer alternate way to reach the switch; I just chose the brick that day.)  Needless to say, I yelped and hopped around a bit before taking my shower. 

Putting on my shoes later, I realized it was going to be an open toe, flip-flop kind of day as the toe protested anything touching it.  As I limped about that day, my knee in the other leg started twinging, which led to my back feeling funky which led to an overall funky attitude as well.  

All because of a little smashed toe (which was feeling much better by the end of the day, even as the other twinges continued on.)

So it is with the human body...and really so it is with the Body of Christ.  It is no accident that God introduces this metaphor for His followers.  A group of believers is fully impacted by each of its members- by their well-being, their funky twinges and their deepest heartaches.  
Like the multiple parts of this flower, the Body of Christ
comes together to produce beauty.

Returning to the US, I saw this play out in a beautiful way.  As we dealt with moving my mom into a new living situation, the Body of Christ through the local church, surrounded and served us in so many ways.  Not only did it help find her a new apartment, someone went out of their way to help us get her furniture.  Others supplied much needed appliances and house goods.  Someone even came and hung up mini blinds.  

Small needs were acknowledged and met in ways we could never have imagined.  The Body of Christ recognized a sister in need and went out of its way to meet those needs.  Moreover, this Body of Christ continues to reach out, surround and love on this sister in a mighty way.  They have become her friends and in many ways her family as her true family is far away.  This is the Body of Christ at its best.

Friends, I can't help but think this is the way it is supposed to be.  I can't help but think of God smiling down on His children, saying, “Well done!”  Through His transforming power a difficult situation became an opportunity for His glory to shine.  Through this, I have learned over and over again of His amazing love through the practical action of His children.  I can only pray that as other needs and opportunities arise around me, that I too would join in generously, sacrificially, lovingly, doing my part in the Body of Christ.
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