This week was a reality check . . . difficult, humbling . . . . but, bringing joy in the end.
We admitted a very sick young lady. Very sick- with only a 6 year old to care for her at home.
We brought her in, fed her, got her cleaned up and in warm clothes, tucked into a comfy bed and got wounds cleaned and bandaged.
What was my thanks? She rolls her eyes at me and turns her head away every time I try to speak to her. She does the same to Kyle. (A dear Zulu friend confirmed my suspicions and said it was because of the color of my skin)
It was such a huge let down that I couldn't shake the feeling the whole week. I guess I was mad, frustrated that for some reason she didn't like me! How dare she not appreciate the care we are giving. What a waste of my time!
But, very quickly a few Bible verses came to mind . . . . I Corinthians 15:58 "Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain." When my work is done for the Lord, it is not in vain, even if she doesn't like me. We still have the opportunity to show her the love of Christ through our actions.
May God work in her life through our compassionate actions. May it truly change her life even if she doesn't let me way a word!