The Heart of the Samaritan August 2, 2018
For years, I volunteered at various places and always felt appreciated, but never really fulfilled. I sought a deeper meaning, for my efforts always seemed to cause me physical pain. The best was volunteering in my granddaughter’s 4th grade classroom; she would come over and mess with my hair and I just let her – she and all her friends loved it. It was an affectionate season of fun with her.
When I came to Good Samaritan Ministries for the DBT class, I had no funds to donate, so I gave of my time. That’s when God worked through the gracious people at GSM, dug down deep inside me to the gifting He placed in me, and pulled it out ever so gently and tenderly, to be used to honor Him.
This spring, I needed surgery on my foot to repair lengthwise tears in 2 tendons in my foot. During the worst of the pain, for about 3 weeks just before and after the surgery, I found myself down emotionally and just allowed it, emptying myself of all my desires, my longings, and my dreams. I allowed God to remove from me everything He wanted, to take me down to nothing. I gave up the books I’ve written, my efforts at marketing, my dream of writing more, and even the idea of doing anything in this world, just to live in His Presence. I felt the emptying of my life like a leaking bucket, with everything draining out, the good, the awful, and the selfish dreams that kept tweaking my vision and focus away from my Lord.
The healing of my foot was slow and arduous. I could not put any weight on it for 6 weeks and struggled to do anything. When I first began to walk, every step was excruciating. With exercises helping my foot to stretch slowly to withstand more weight, each day was better – with less pain and easier walking. I realized that for years, I could not see the daily improvement of my life; I was numb to the tiniest of emotional and physical steps toward healing and maturity in Christ. Now, I have a new awareness of every step toward Christ, every inward and outward growth to be the person He called me to be.
Slowly, step-by-step, the Lord has given me back the dreams of my heart. He has affirmed this gift of writing and is even drawing out more and more. I am being uplifted to write more, do research, help others to write their stories, and know with all that is in me that my daily steps are progressing toward greater maturity in Christ and effective ministry.
The heart of the Samaritan says yes, not to an organization, or to an individual, but the Lord God.
Today, Teresa Stroup gave a powerful explanation of the heart of the Samaritan. She was encouraging individuals who most of society labels as volunteers; she clarified the truth. Volunteers are those who give of their time and energy to feel good, to help others, for pride, or to impress people. The heart of the Samaritan says yes, not to an organization, or to an individual, but to the Lord God. Then, whatever need is there, the commitment has already been made to fulfill that need. It is only a matter of what the need is and when can I take care of it.
Is God digging deep inside of you today, pulling out what He has placed in you, to be used for His glory and honor? He has gifted every person with unique abilities, resources, and the full measure of choice to honor Him in and through us, or hold back in fearful self-focus. Take a moment and ask the Lord Jesus to draw out the gifts He has placed in your life, to reveal the beauty of those gifts and how they can be utilized to uplift the beautiful work of the Samaritan.
Submitted by Freda Emmons
Freda experienced physical and sexual abuse. She was broken and confused for years. As a young woman, she sought counseling for 12 years. When she began to grow in her Christian faith, she realized the depth of healing in the words of the Bible. She then combined tiny steps of healing with those comforting Scriptures and wrote Flame of Healing: A Daily Journey of Healing from Abuse and Trauma, a devotional with a journal, for in-depth, personal healing. Flame of Healing is helping people in 6 countries to heal from deep emotional pain from abuse and trauma.
Freda is also an inspirational speaker, addressing issues of abuse and trauma with compassion. She is a wife of 39 years, mother of three adult children, grandmother of one, and a child of God.
Her second book, Resurrection Hope, is a Christian novel about Heaven, angels, and living in the Presence of God. Freda’s website is: www.fredaemmons.com.