“No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” 1 John 4:12
There’s something disconcerting about sitting half-naked in a sterile room while someone prepares to stick a huge needle in your back. I was about to have my third c-section, and the fear hit me all at once. My husband, who was my rock and my calm, was not allowed in the OR until anesthesia was administered.
I sat there waiting, trying to be patient and the nurse noticed my anxious look.
“How you holding up, hon?” she asked.
I tried to keep it together. I took a deep breath and exhaled shakily.
“Ok,” I lied.
She saw the wetness in my eyes.
“It won’t be much longer. Waiting is the hard part.”
I agreed with a nod. She and doc left the room, promising to return a few minutes later when the anesthesia team made sure I was numb. All I wanted was to see my daughter. To hear her first cry and smell the sweetness of her.
What I didn’t know is that while I was being pricked and prodded, the nurse and doc were talking to my husband.
He was waiting impatiently down the hall. I couldn’t see him, but he was giving advice to help calm my nerves.
When doc returned, he grabbed my arm tight where I still had some feeling left. The firmness of his grasp reassured me. He talked to me about my boys, bringing a smile to my face.
Even though my husband wasn’t in the room during those moments before surgery, his presence was still there.
When we love others in a way they can see and grasp, Christ is there too. He’s there in the hushed conversations we have with the mom who’s hurting. He’s there in the midnight phone call we receive from the family member who’s in trouble. Even when we don’t see him, his presence never leaves.
Our communities are looking for God, often in places where they’ll never find him. But we have the opportunity to show them his presence here on earth.
We don’t have to complicate it or water it down. We can simply love. It’s the one true and perfect way.
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