This has been one of the coldest winters in years. Storms have caught many by surprise but none like what happened in the southern states the last week in January. Though the weather handed out some of the worst conditions in history, the hearts of the people showed what true love is really about.
That love was seen as people cared more for others than themselves. Many were stranded along the roadside in their cars and yet good Samaritans boarded their 4-wheel drive vehicles and came to rescue them or bring gas. Others, like the owner of Chic-Fil-A in Birmingham, took 250 chicken sandwiches and went car to car handing them out. He made no money, but he made a huge impression for the gospel’s sake. Teachers stayed overnight with children whose parents could not reach them. One friend of ours made the whole experience into a fun camp experience including exercise, games, movies, crafts, and meal times. The kids never feared because they knew someone who loved them was caring for their needs. In turn the parents were also ministered to as they knew their kids were having fun and staying safe.
One area youth pastor walked from school to school making sure they had all they needed and just checking on teachers and staff. Blankets were supplied by homeowners and emergency personnel near the schools as needs were known. In the wee hours of the morning, many workers still took to the roads to rescue those in need, including pregnant women and children. Truck drivers opened their doors to stranded motorists who needed a bottle of water or a bite to eat.
Love is an action, and many throughout the south saw the love of Jesus in their neighbors. Church members served by taking people into their home they did not know. Social media was used to connect people in need with safe homes to shelter in. In the end many saw Jesus through simple gestures of kindness.
First Corinthians 13 tells us that love is patient and kind. We don’t have to wait for a snow and an ice storm in order to practice this. Look around you; see the needs of others. Then choose one or two simple things you can do to minister to someone else. Let them know why you are giving to them. God loved us so much He sent Jesus. Now it is the least we can do to share His love with those in need.