by Sheri Schofield
It was a beautiful, clear day. Summer breezes blew up from the valley below and murmured in the pine trees around our log home on the side of the mountain. My husband’s parents were visiting us, and Mom and I walked out onto the deck to enjoy the view.
As we stood there, we noticed a strange sight. It looked like a shimmering, silver ribbon was floating in the sky over the lake. “What is that?” Mom pointed.
We watched, intensely curious about that long, beautiful ribbon. It seemed to be coming toward us! As the ribbon drew closer, it broke up into individual parts and we saw that it was not a ribbon at all. It was a long line of white pelicans teaching their young to fly! They were white but the tips of their wings were black. As their wings beat up and down, the sun caught the flickers of black against their white feathers and created the illusion of a silver ribbon glistening in the sky.
Individually, the pelicans were insignificant. But working together under the bright sun, they presented something very beautiful to our watching eyes.
Calvary love is like that. When we love those around us, and stretch out our hands to our world, people see something unusual and are drawn to us. When we band together with other believers and reach out in love to the people in our neighborhoods, our world takes note. We become like that silver ribbon in the sky, a marvel that draws others to Jesus.
All around us is a dying world. People are trapped in addictions, anger, pain and hopelessness, separated from God. Do you know anyone like that? How beautiful and effective we can be when we reach out to them in love!
There’s nothing easy about Calvary love. Calvary love cost Jesus great anguish and pain. Not only did he suffer from the torture of the cross, but he also suffered the grief of becoming sin for us, and being separated from his Father. When we choose to love others, it doesn’t mean we love them only when they behave well and treat us right! It’s a battle sometimes. It means praying for those who are unkind to us. It means reaching out to them with a smile and a warm heart when we do not feel like it.
“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you….” Jesus said in Luke 6:27 & 28 (NIV).
I don’t know about you, but I find that impossible to do in my own strength! My own nature says, “Avoid that person who is causing me pain or hurting someone I love.” But Jesus does not avoid me when I say or do things that offend him. He loves me anyway and challenges me to learn to love others in his strength.
Love is a risk. I have to risk being misunderstood and hurt by others in order to serve Jesus effectively. But I do know this: Everything I do out of love for Christ and others is establishing a foothold for the Holy Spirit’s miraculous work in the lives of those around me.
So once again, Lord, let me pick up the mantle of love – – for Jesus’ sake. Let me be like that silver ribbon in the sky today!
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:35, NIV
About the author: Sheri Schofield, an award-winning children’s author-illustrator and children’s ministry veteran of 40 years, has just released her new book, The Prince And The Plan, to help parents lead their children into a saving knowledge of Jesus. Sheri was named Writer of the Year for 2018 at 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!
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