Imagine living in a near-constant state of agitation. Consider trying to get through the day with feelings of fear and hopelessness weighing you down, clouding your thoughts, affecting your judgment. Think about how difficult it would be to take joy in life’s small moments, or even find the rhythm for your daily routine. This is a small sample of what anxiety can do to a person, and unfortunately, there’s a good chance someone reading this doesn’t have to imagine it.
There are numerous servants of God mentioned in the Bible, but only two of them are said to have “walked with God”—Enoch and Noah. Further descriptions of Noah say he “was a righteous man, blameless in his time” (Gen. 6:9). Of all the people on earth in that day, only “Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord” (v. 8). He was a remarkable man in his time, but he’s also someone we should aspire to be like today.
As we study the characteristics of the Good Samaritan, let’s ask ourselves if these qualities are true of us as well. He opened his eyes. Although all three men physically saw the critically wounded man, only the Samaritan looked and stopped to help. Before we can meet needs, we must be aware of them.
Choosing to do our primary work in the smaller, less noticeable spheres and devote our best gifts there is often a foreign thought to us. We usually want to jump from the center directly to the perimeter of impact, skipping over the areas most closely connected to us.