When you serve the broken, don’t expect you’ll always get a thank you. Instead, be prepared for the FU’s and WTH’s. I remember reading a line similar to that in Jen Hatmaker’s book Interrupted and thinking that’s crazy.
I’m thankful to say that after two years of serving in the inner city and on the streets, the majority of people I’ve been around have been so appreciative. As a matter of fact, most of the FU’s and WTH’s I’ve heard have been blurted out in my Bible study (not as disrespectful, but as a cultural language – that’s a story for another day).
But there was this girl — I had seen her out on the streets before and I was thrilled the day she showed up at church. Young. Cute. Trying to get off the streets. As she sat in the service I prayed something bold would raise up in her to motivate her onward and off the streets.
When the service ended she came up to me with tears in her eyes. I asked if I could help her in any way. “I need help. Today is the day I need to start a new chapter in my life. A door has been opened and I need to walk through it.”
We visited. She cried. I cried and through my tears sniffled, “Our Savior came for such as that — new chapters, new life, open doors. Jesus will . . . “
“I WILL NEVER LOVE YOUR JESUS. DON’T SAY HIS NAME. JESUS IS NOTHING!”, she blurted out as she interrupted me.
It was as if at the name of Jesus this young women freaked. FREAKED! I tried to love on her and share, but she couldn’t accept the thought, word, or name of Jesus.
Then I FREAKED! After calmly walking her to the door and praying for her as she left, I broke down. I was shaking. That was my Savior and best friend that she was dissing and convulsing to. My heart couldn’t take it. For days I was totally disturbed by her demeanor at the mention of the name Jesus.
Hear my heart when I say I would have much rather heard 746 FU’s and WTH’s than to hear the one sentence “Jesus is nothing” that day.
I’m realizing when you are on a journey following the ONE to reach one, it is filled with twists and turns at every corner. Many you are just not prepared for!
When was the last time you were totally thrown for a loop while trying to reach out to a person?