I have a great friend that has been so instrumental in my life lately. She has been the mouthpiece of God and the extension of His arms. I give all glory to God for His impeccable timing, His faithful keeping of a dear sister and her obedience to Him in all things, and His love and mercy and kindness that are without fail, even on days when I least deserve them.
It was one of those such days that in just the right moment, when my spirit and another beside me needed lifting oh so badly, that my sweet friend just so happened to pass by the place where we were sitting. It was no coincidence that she was sent that particular way at that particular time. God knew we needed to hear the words He had hidden in her heart.
She told my friend and I the sweetest epiphany she had in the car; she was driving along and had taken a corner a little sharper than she had intended. As a consequence, her red Kool-Aid bottle tipped over and nearly spilled out. Luckily, she was able to catch her bottle in mid-plight, but a vision had struck her thinking of its bright red contents splattering everywhere.
“I thought to myself, what if that red Kool-Aid had splattered everywhere all over a white carpet; you’d never be able to hide it! And then I thought, that’s how we Christians ought to be, just wide open and out there and so obvious and messy with our love for Jesus and people that its obvious that God is real.”
And then I thought, well what if that Kool-Aid had spilt on a dark carpet? You wouldn’t be able to see it. But that dark fabric would still absorb that Kool-Aid.”
My friend and I sat there and our eyes misted with tears. We had been feeling pretty crummy about some interactions we were having with some non-believers. And here was our sweet sister in Christ at just the right time with just the right words that we needed to hear.
I was so encouraged by this picture of spreading the love of Christ. With some people, you can see it. The love of God and the way you love them, out loud and outrageous, is bright and noticeable in their interactions with you; you can tell Jesus is making a difference. And then there are some people that don’t change at all. They seem absolutely unaffected and you might get discouraged, but just like that dark fabric absorbs the Kool-Aid, they are still absorbing the love of Christ through you.
I encourage you to be wildly and passionately and messily full of the love of Jesus Christ. Spread it like a spilt drink around a sharp corner and pray for God to give the increase.
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.” I John 4:11-12
Special thanks to Amanda Sexton for sharing her revelation.