How often we presume that the world is cold and closed to Jesus. How often we are wrong in that presumption. A cold heart and a desperate heart often appear the same on the outside. It’s easy to confuse one for the other. Until you attempt to love, you never quite know the condition of the heart. Sometimes that love is rejected, but other times it unexpectedly falls onto a heart that is desperately longing.
There’s nothing more wonderful than seeing the gospel of Jesus Christ change lives. One of the 12th grade young ladies in our church and school wrote a poem that reflected upon what she has seen the gospel do recently at Emmanuel. This poem was worth sharing! I hope you enjoy it!
The coldness of people amazes me,
Their mean and cutting words,
The way they face the world alone
And live, so they might hurt.
I stay away from them, you see,
They bring upon themselves
A loneliness that rules their life,
And a frigid heart indwells.
I pity them, for they have no hope,
No light of the coming day.
And when I see their dreary life
I sigh, and turn away.
For I have Jesus, and He is my joy,
But what do they have? I ask.
Then I remember the words Jesus spoke,
Then I remember my task.
Love God and people, that’s what life’s for,
The truth made my blind eyes to see.
The cold, lonely souls I need to love more,
And show them that they can be free.
Now the warmness of people amazes me,
When they hear of God’s Word and His love.
Their life’s not alone, and their soul is set free,
And they know now that that is enough.
And I realized why my vision was blurred,
Why the world would just seem so cold.
I realized people weren’t hopeless at all,
Just waiting, I think, to be told.
Poem by Elisabeth Hunt
“Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” (John 4:35)