It’s that time of year. You know, the time of year when most people have to take time off from work because they are not feeling very well. For the past four days, I have been dealing with what I first thought was the common cold, but now believe to be something different. I have had a fever, intense cough, a sore throat and headaches. I have been very tired and weak no matter how much rest I tried to get. For the past three days I have felt miserable.
While I have been dealing with this illness, my wife has gone out of her way to take care of me. She has fixed me food, gotten me medicine and even gone to the store and bought me fudge sticks, yes… fudge sticks can sometimes serve as the best medicine. She has done everything that a good hearted, loving wife could do. As she was taking care of me I couldn’t help but think of the words of Jesus where He said, “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me’” (Matthew 25:34-36).
When you think about all the things that Jesus said in this particular passage, notice how simple each of the things really is. It’s as simple as giving someone food or drink, taking someone in and clothing them and even as simple as a little visit. What my wife has done for me the past few days while I’ve been sick is pretty simple (although she might suggest otherwise). She has taken good care of me and that has made a difference. Through her actions I have been reminded of her love for me.
Friends, let us all make a point to look for the little opportunities we have to help someone who may have a need. It does not always have to be something big and fancy. It can simply be sending a card, making a visit or even taking someone food that has been sick or having a difficult time. Doing little things like this shows others how much we love and care for them and demonstrates our love and respect for our Lord.
“The king will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me’” (Matthew 25:40).
Dear Father, thank you so much for my loving and caring wife who so patiently and graciously took time to care for me while I was sick. Her love and kindness to me was a reminder of the way I should treat others around me. Her actions have reminded me that I should look for ways to be of service to others when they are sick and in need. Please help me to look for opportunities to serve others in every way, but especially when they have needs that I can meet. In the name of Jesus I pray, AMEN!