by Sheri Schofield
Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! Hebrews 13:2, NLT
The young man was standing by the side of the road near a busy corner, holding a sign asking for help. His very pregnant wife stood next to him, holding a sleeping child over her shoulder. A little boy about four-years-old sat in the shade of the tree in a stroller.
They appeared to be Hispanic. Were they from our southern border? The thought crossed my mind. I pulled over. “Hi!” I said, smiling and holding out some money in one hand and the picture book about Jesus I had written for children in the other.
The wife smiled and came over, accepting the gift and thanking me in slightly accented English.
“I have a book for your little boy,” I said, handing her the book. The mother was pleased.
The family stood at that corner for two days, then they disappeared. I do not know if I will see them again, but at least they have been warmly welcomed to my town . . . and helped.
At our southern border, people from Central America are flooding into our country. I have no need to know how the politicians are going to handle the crowds wanting in. My only concern is to ask myself, “What would Jesus do?”
Abraham had that same spirit toward strangers. One day, he sat in the shade of his tent under a grove of trees. It was hot. He noticed three strangers standing nearby. He jumped up, ran over to them. “My lord,” he said, “if it pleases you, stop here for a while. Rest in the shade of this tree while water is brought to wash your feet. And since you’ve honored your servant with this visit, let me prepare some food to refresh you before you continue on your journey” (Genesis 18:3-5, NLT).
As they visited, one of the men told Abraham that his wife would have a son. But Abraham and Sarah were very old! Sarah laughed silently to herself and thought, “How could this be possible? I’m way too old for such joy! And Abraham is old, too!”
Now we come to the interesting part: “Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son” (Genesis 18:13-14, NLT).
One of the strangers was the LORD! Later we learn that the other two were angels – His messengers.
We do not know all the reasons behind the migration from Central America to the United States. But regardless of human motivations, I see that it is ultimately God’s hand bringing them here to us. He is intimately involved with all people, not just our own.
So I ask myself, “What do we have here in America that people in Central America and other countries may not have?” Our freedom to hear and choose our own religion comes immediately to mind. This is not true in many places—in Latin America and around the world.
Next question: “Why is God sending these people to us?” That’s easy! So we can share the good news about Jesus with them!
Lord, let us put politics aside and see Your hand! You have brought Central America to our doorstep. Help us reach these people for Jesus! Let us demonstrate Your love for them. And just maybe, angels will be among those whom we welcome in Your name.
About the author: Sheri Schofield is an award-winning children’s author-illustrator and children’s ministry veteran of 40 years. Sheri was named Writer of the Year in 2018 at the Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference for her work in effectively sharing the gospel of Jesus. Her ministry, Faithwind 4 Kids, can be followed on her blog at her website, http://www.sherischofield.com. Questions welcomed!
Sheri’s new book, The Prince And The Plan, is a beautifully illustrated, interactive picture book, written for children ages 4-8, that helps parents lead their children into a lasting, saving relationship with Jesus. It explains abstract concepts through words and interactive, multi-sensory activities. Useful for children’s ministry as well.
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