“Dear Friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church about your love” (3 John 1:5-6).
Growing up in the South I heard the phrase, “I’ve never met a stranger” quite often; mostly by my elders. It was something that came automatic to me though.
I remember making friends with a family at a campground one summer. They came every year, just as we did. Often I’d even stay with them on their house boat. Imagine!
While those care free days are gone now, God’s desire for us to “entertain strangers” has not changed. Hebrews 13:2 tells us: “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”
Can you imagine that? Or perhaps you would be meeting Jesus Himself; Do you remember Jesus’ followers, walking on the road to Emmaus? They didn’t recognize Jesus, He was a stranger, until He revealed himself (Luke 24:13-35).
Those of us who deal with chronic illness often have more unique circumstances, so it may be more difficult for us to “entertain” strangers. But if we ask God to reveal how to entertain, I believe He will answer.
Perhaps like John’s friend, Gaius, we will provide a “home away from home” or maybe “just a cuppa,” as my Aussie friends would say. No matter what way God chooses, I encourage you to allow yourself the joy of “entertaining a stranger.”
For you never know if that one small moment, arranged by God, could be their chance to meet “The Perfect Stranger” –our Lord and Savor, Jesus Christ. May God bless you today.
Prayer: Father we thank You, that You would allow us the gift of showing others the love You so freely give to us each day. Lord, we ask that as we go through our daily lives that You would grant us opportunities to “entertain” strangers in Your name.
To be a reflection of You, even in illness and because of our illness. To show others that even when life is full of challenges, You make it possible to have joy! We praise You and give You all the glory, for Your answers to our prayers. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen.
About the author:
Diane Kalata, lives in Central Florida, she is blessed to have a wonderful husband, who is also her caregiver in illness, three grown children, one grand baby and more on the way! She is a cancer survivor, but continues to deal with chronic digestive and neuropathic issues. She loves art and writing. Her desire is to continually be an encouragement to others; looking daily for those “God opportunities” to share His love and truth with others.
Has God ever given you an opportunity to “entertain” a stranger? Share your story with us today as an encouragement. In what unique ways has God showed you that you can “entertain” despite your illness?
This is the group Anthem Lights singing “Stranger.” Diane called my attention to this song and it has a great message that we don’t belong her long-term on this earth! We are supposed to feel like a stranger because heaven is our real home–not this earth. The next time you feel like your life is a mess or no one can relate to you, remember… that is actually how it is meant to be. You were not made to feel at home here and have everyone speak your language. God has other plans. -Lisa