In The Flash of A SmileSunday, October 21, 2012
The other day I was standing on the side of a busy street waiting for the traffic to clear long enough for me to open my car’s door and get in. My mind was far away as I thought about the day ahead and all the tasks I had to complete. Even though it was early in the morning I was already feeling weary and burdened with a heavy load. I am a cheerful person by nature, however on this morning; I had allowed myself to be dragged down by the weight of the day. As I stood there, a woman slowed her car and stopped a few yards in front of me. Then, with a long graceful sweep of her arm she graciously motioned for me to pass in front of her. As I looked at her with thanks, her face broke into a friendly grin. This was not just the polite curve of the lips given in passing, but instead, it was a broad, teeth sparkling, eye-twinkling smile. Her entire face lit up and when it did, so did my spirit. When I hopped into my car the thought crossed my mind that I had just seen Jesus in the flash of a smile.
I don’t know where this woman stood in her spiritual walk, but it occurred to me that she was demonstrating love by her simple act of kindness. Her courteousness changed my attitude and I found myself thanking God for her and her one simple deed. And isn’t that what Christ asks us to do -- to let our light shine so that all will praise our Father in heaven?
It is amazing what God will do through us to encourage others when we are obedient to Him. When we listen to His gentle nudging to reach out to someone else we are being the arms and hands of Christ. No matter what we are doing there is always opportunity to shine for Jesus. While shopping for groceries, God may place someone in front of us who needs help getting something just out of their reach. During our lunch hour at work, a friend may need a listening ear or an overworked mother may need rest so you invite her children to play with yours. And even a welcoming response to our husband as he comes through the door in the evening is an opportunity to let Christ's light shine through us. In all these things we demonstrate God’s love. No matter what we are doing throughout the day, we can reflect the light of Jesus Christ in our actions…even through the flash of a smile.
Yes, establish the work of our hands.” (Psalm 90:17)