We live in front of a graveyard. Yep, #parsonagelife. When I do dishes, I look out the window at the graveyard. Our bedroom window overlooks what- the graveyard. When you are sitting on the toilet in our bathroom and the blinds are open- you’re looking at the graveyard. It’s a little weird at times, but you get used to it. It can be the source of some laughs- like the time we didn’t know there was a military funeral going on and all of a sudden we hear gunshots! And it helps that we love our house and the blessing it is to our family!
A few weeks ago I noticed a funeral tent going up. I always get this awful feeling when I see those. I just try and not think about it normally. But this time there came a big storm that blew the tent and messed everything up and I just hoped it would all be fixed before the family came for the graveside service, thankfully it did. That afternoon I saw that the flowers were left and the tent was gone, but the next day I was washing dishes and noticed a Jeep parked by the graveside. I saw a man standing with his hands in his pockets looking at the fresh grave. It broke my heart. I don’t know who he lost, but I could tell they were deeply missed and deeply loved. God began nudging my heart and allowing me to see with His eyes instead of my own. I saw the need and the hurt. I saw him, stopped, and prayed for him right then.
The next day I saw him again. Just standing, looking. Again I saw him, stopped and prayed. I’ve seen him several times over the last few weeks. I saw him again just yesterday, and my heart just hurts for him. This time someone else was with him, and they both just stood. I wonder what this man’s story is and I pray that he knows Jesus and is finding comfort in His arms.
I snapped a picture looking outside of my bedroom window as a reminder for you and for me to see people- to really see their needs. Notice their attitudes, facial expressions, body language, and words. Do they seem to be hurting in some way? See them. Stop right then, and pray for God to be present in their situation. May you be present enough to see people’s needs.