“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” Matthew 7:1 (NIV)
The only thing between the voice of despair and me was that emergency room curtain.
“How do I feel? Really? Well, I’ll tell you how I feel. I have no family. I have no job. I have no home…and now I’m pregnant!”
It was 1 am on a Friday. I had just rushed my Mama to the ER with a high fever and shaking body. As I wrapped my hands around hers while the nurse stabilized her, I couldn’t help but wonder about that voice on the other side of the curtain.
“How long have you been a cutter?” the nurse asked. “8 years”, she sobbed, quickly adding “but I didn’t want to die. I don’t want to die!”
Okay, now I was definitely curious. But, before I could “go there”, a whisper within my spirit said “Pray for her.”
Now, don’t start applauding my “Christian-ness”. I’m plenty guilty of judging. But, this time was different. Instead of trying to pile my assumptions on someone I didn’t even know, I chose to go another way.
That night, I chose to pray.
I chose to pray instead of judge.
I mean, who am I, but a sinner saved by the mercy and grace of God.
Three hours later, as Mama and I were heading home, I caught a glimpse on the other side of the curtain.
And instead of judgment, I saw something so much better.
I saw Love.
Father God, please tear down our curtains of judgment. May we see as you see. Always. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.”
Spread your joy,