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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“You must not exploit a widow or an orphan. If you exploit them in any way and they cry out to me, then I will certainly hear their cry. My anger will blaze against you, and I will kill you with the sword. Then your wives will be widows and your children fatherless.”—Exodus 22:22–24 (NLT)
The other morning, I watched an interview with actress Viola Davis. In the interview, Mrs. Davis commented that she had grown up in abject poverty. She then made the statement, “When you are poor, you are invisible.”
Upon hearing this statement, I was challenged by the word invisible and realized how many people I pass each and every day who may be feeling invisible. Perhaps I have the opportunity to simply notice them . . . to make them visible. I asked myself the question, “What if every day, I simply looked for the opportunity to shed light on one invisible person?" The poor feel invisible. The widow feels invisible. The orphan feels invisible. But sometimes you don’t even know who they are in our society. Think about those you may encounter each and every day. Each of them have a story, and unless we stop and notice them, have a conversation with them, we’ll never know what their story is. It could be the person who serves you at a restaurant, the co-worker in the meeting next to you, the individual who delivers your FedEx package, the person on the other side of the counter, telephone, or e-mail . . . we are surrounded by invisible people.
I cherish the fact that Christ modeled this time and time again. Each of the disciples were invisible people, each person healed was invisible, each person that is listed as part of the “crowd” was invisible. However, Jesus had this incredible desire to not keep them that way, and He’s asked us to be His ambassadors. Perhaps part of my calling is to simply make the invisible visible. Imagine what a smile does, or a kind word, a look in the eye, a word of encouragement, a thank you, a gift, a phone call, or just a simple act that says, right now, you are important and visible!
Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be invisible? I did. I’m not exactly sure why it seemed so exciting. Maybe the idea of being able to never get caught, enjoy the element of surprise, or simply be part of something that you weren’t invited to. Perhaps God is asking each of us to be superheroes, but not invisible ones . . . maybe our secret power is to make the invisible visible.
DIG: Read Matthew 22:37–40. Who is your neighbor?
DISCOVER: Ask the Lord to show you someone who may feel invisible in your life.
DISPLAY: Do something to make them feel noticed and valued today.