He and I have been working a lot together this week on his new trailer (25 years old but new to him). We have painted and cleaned. I have enjoyed working side by side with him. So many times he made me smile. Other times I was nearly bursting, he blessed me so.
Proverbs 31 says that "Her children rise up and bless her."
I am not claiming to be able to attain to the standard of the Proverbs 31 woman.......I haven't even come close. But I am seeing verse 28 a little differently today.
It is a huge blessing to me when my children "RISE UP". Those times when they do what is right. When they have compassion on the needy, or show respect, or act responsibly. Knowing they live in a "me first world" displaying a "you first attitude". Oh, how such things give me joy!
Luke and I were painting his new bedroom, covering pastel posies with plain, clean, fresh paint. We were short a roller so he ran to Home Depot to buy one.
On his way back he saw a homeless man holding a sign on the corner begging. His expression was screaming, "I'm hungry, feed me!" his head hanging as if he was disgraced to look in the eyes of his readers.
Luke hurried home to bring me the much needed tool and began to work. He told me about the man as his roller began to transform the walls. He had wanted to stop and give the man some food, but he knew I was in a hurry, so he came back to help me.
The image of the man continued to haunt him until he could no longer stand it.
"I am going to Wendy's to buy that man some food. I will be right back!"
And he was off on a mission to help one helpless soul by providing him a meal.
I was hoping the man would be grateful.
I wanted him to be satisfied with the food and blessed by a young man's thoughtfulness.
I wasn't with Luke when he put the food in the hungry man's hands, but the Lord was. The Lord saw Luke "rise up". He saw him have compassion on someone that desperately needed it. He saw it all and He will remember and never forget.
Isn't it amazing that the Lord can be so forgetful of our past sins (Psalm 103:3, 9-12) but acts of kindness are recorded and He chooses to remember them forever (Matthew 25:31-40)!
This is not the first and only time I have seen Luke extend his heart toward another. No, there are more times than one little post can hold. But I must say that this was one of those times when Luke bent down to help someone else and when he bent down he was actually "rising up" to a standard that this Proverbs 31 want-a-be mother couldn't help but be blessed by. (Whew that was a long sentence, but I kinda like it so I am going to leave it).
I know what you might be thinking. Some versions say "Rise up and call her blessed"......Yes, they probably do. What if on examination we look at this verse from another angle (or version) and say when our children "rise up" it brings a blessing upon us, because it does......It really, really does.
We are heading back to Luke's today. We will do more work beside him and learn from him.
He is a very special young man. I can say that because I know that he has spent a lot of time with the only One who can make us good. I am so grateful to both of them. To the Lord for the way He is working in Luke's life, and to Luke who has chosen to be a man of God, continually "rising up" and blessing his God and his momma.
Have an awesome weekend!
Blessings to you, friends!