This morning I took this picture from my porch at about 7:00. It was significant because I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to come outside of the house this morning, much less take a picture.
The La Soufrière volcano began showing signs yesterday of an imminent eruption which would bring large clouds of volcanic ash into the community. This would keep everyone inside of course, since the air itself would be toxic and harmful.
Though the volcanic activity is stressful, I’m thankful for it, because it reminded me about the importance of “checking in” on people.
Life gets incredibly busy for all of us. Because of this, we don’t take the time to slow down, and contact friends or loved ones as often as we should. Usually there needs to be an important reason to get in touch with somebody through a phone call, or personal visit. In reality, just calling to check on someone to make sure they’re okay is an incredibly loving act
A blessing of any crisis is that it forces us to check in on those we love….
but the question is, why does it take a crisis?
I spent a lot of time on my phone last night checking on friends, and making trips to ensure they had what they needed. Of course this was an absolutely necessary thing since the volcano could erupt at any time. At the same time this kind of ministry would be needed in times when there isn’t a crisis as well.
So why don’t we check in on one another?
I can think of a few reasons
- We are too busy with our own tasks
- We wait till there’s something important to tell them
- Or we just don’t think about their needs at all
Sadly I believe the last reason is one of the biggest ones
We often forget about those around us who are in need, or may require some extra help. We only remember them when something huge comes up like a volcanic eruption. But it’s incredibly easy after that just to drift back into not thinking about them.
The Lord used last night to remind me one of the most powerful forms of ministry is just a simple phone call to make sure someones okay.
This call is meaningful in a crisis, but its even more powerful when there isn’t one….
When you just call because the Holy Spirit brought them to your mind.
May the Lord help us remember an encouraging text message, phone call, or visit isn’t an intrusiuon. Checking is an incredibly loving act.