Posted: September 5th, 2009 | Filed under: God, life | Tags: | 6 Comments »

You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are! You must never forget this. -1 Corinthians 12:27

It’s the little things that get me. The subtle hints of God peeking through the eyes of humanity. The faint whisper of God using someone else’s face to show you His smile.

At first glance, God is entirely spiritual and humans are both spiritual and physical. But God does have a physical body. Us.

I read a story about someone who was sitting in an airport waiting out her layover when a flight attendant wheeled a shaggy old man into the waiting area. The sight of him got the attention of several people. He was disheveled, unshaven and sat with his ratty hair shielding his face as he stared at his shoes.

The woman got the tug in her heart and tried to dismiss it, but couldn’t. She knew that God wanted her to brush his hair.

Under the curious eyes of everyone around, she walked over to him and asked if she could brush his hair. He looked up at her and nodded. As she was brushing, she could hear that he was crying and leaned down to ask him if he was okay. He nodded and explained that he and his wife had been sick. They were in separate facilities and he was on his way to see her for the first time in two months. He knew he looked terrible because he hadn’t been able to take care of himself like he usually did. He was sitting there feeling embarrassed by his appearance and heartbroken that he couldn’t look better for his bride. He was sitting in the waiting room wishing that he could just brush his hair.

When God says He wants you to give your life to him, it doesn’t stop at your focus and it doesn’t aim for your happiness. ‘You’ have to be taken out of the equation entirely. How else is He going to smile at someone, look in someone’s eyes, or brush His child’s hair?

I think sometimes the Body of Christ can be so focused on practicing their version of religion that they forget that the most important thing the physical body of Christ did was after he lived a life of loving the unloveable, hanging out with sinners and earning a shady reputation within the religious community, he gave his body up for the sake of everyone else. We should be, as the Body of Christ now, what the body of Christ was when only one man ran it.


6 Comments on “we”

  1. 1 Amber@theRunaMuck said at 11:12 am on September 5th, 2009:

    Serena, I love this.


  2. 2 Sandee said at 11:52 am on September 5th, 2009:


    I was so reminded again about grace today. I am doing a devotional (by Beth Moore) on John. And I was thinking, as he aged, after all he had seen and experienced with Jesus, he must have really missed him. Kind of the nostalgia we will feel at times.

    And my heart ached, for him, in his experience and also then, for myself. Feeling I missed Jesus…someone I have never seen in the flesh, I know, but I miss him. And I thought, what would he be like if he was here with me right this minute, in the flesh…

    And the first thing I thought of was his facial expression, eyes full of grace and mercy, rather than the condemnation at my lack of perfection, that I carry around we me.

    I really needed the washing over of Grace today.

    I love your story, by the way, I have heard Beth share that.


  3. 3 HisFireFly said at 12:08 pm on September 5th, 2009:

    We are His hands and feet here in this world. I feel Him tugging at my heart now too, thanks for this, as always.

  4. 4 Sisterlisa said at 12:15 pm on September 5th, 2009:

    I completely agree. I saw a lady at the ball park yesterday that was wearing a shirt that said "The world needs more hugs" so I walked over to her and gave her a book hug. It was really cool. Great illustration about the man getting his hair brushed. Thank you for sharing this.

  5. 5 Cassie said at 11:51 am on September 6th, 2009:

    WOW amazing article that brought tears to my eyes as I read THANK YOU

  6. 6 Serena Woods said at 4:17 pm on September 8th, 2009:

    Thank you, everyone, for letting me know how these blogs are reaching you where you are. I appreciate the feedback!

    I THOUGHT it was Beth Moore who brushed the guy's hair, but wasn't sure… Such a neat story!

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