The word of the Lord came to me and said, "I have given you eyes to see that which others will not see."
This came about when I had an meeting with a young man on the campus at my church. One Sunday morning, as I was walking towards the church doors, I saw a young man walking through the sanctuary coming my direction. The fact that I saw him walking through the sanctuary was amazing because from the outside of the church, you cannot see inside the sanctuary. So as I watched this young man walk through and the first and then second set of doors, I could see the hurt, the frustration and the cry for help on his face. Admittedly, I ignored it. I went inside the church, sat down in my seat and proceeded to listen to the pastor teach. A few minutes in, I realized that I didn't have my pen so I went to my car, grabbed my pen and headed back to the church when we(the young man and myself) crossed paths again. But this time I stopped and asked him if he was alright.
The young man looked at me, mind you we had never really spoken to each other, other than an usher telling a young man to stop wandering, but he said, "You wouldn't understand or believe what I am going through." At the unction of the Holy Spirit, I simply said that I would listen if he wanted to talk. The first thing he said was he didn't want to be judged or looked at like he was crazy. I agreed. This young man proceeded to share with me his life, dreams, gifts and talents, sins and testimonies. Issues that I have never heard of before, did he share with me. When I say that he blew my mind, believe me. We ended up talking and eventually laughing out in front of the church the whole service. His sister and best friend came by and vouched for everything he had just told me; battles and experimentation's with homosexuality, his own father's taunts and jokes, him not being able to sleep in his own home, him being able to see inside other peoples torments, etc..
When we finished talking, he walked away feeling better. The hurt, frustration and cries for someone to talk to were all gone. He had a look of peace on his face. God had prepared me for this young man in the early hours of that morning having me read and spend some time in praying. It all came out in our conversation. Everything that I read, dealt with and answered the things that he was going through. So in his mind, I understood him, but I knew what had really happened, and I shared with him all that I had read in the early morning.
After we went our separate ways, I was angry that no one else in the church had seen this young man this particular day. Out of all the people on the campus; men, women, ministers, leaders, ushers, hostesses, etc., no one stopped him and asked if he was okay. To me, he stood out from among all the others on that campus that morning. So I asked God one question, "Why didn't anyone else see him?" And He beautifully answered and said, "I have given you eyes to see that which others will not see."
That changed Sunday mornings and really my everyday life. I gave up my seat that Sunday and haven't sat in it since. He(God) told me to use my Sunday mornings to "see" those who are in need and not just focus on my need by staying seated. Looking back, that was when I answered the call to be apart of my churches youth ministry, full time.
I would encourage you all to use that which He has given you. Eyes to see. Ears to Hear. Hands to mold. Feet to go. The body of Christ needs you.