Becoming the Hands and Feet
Tracie Miles

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves." Philippians 2:3 (NIV)

We sat in an empty waiting room for hours, anxiously waiting for an update on my sister's surgery. When the doctor finally entered the room, the news was not good. He explained how it was worse than expected - not exactly comforting news - and proceeded to explain the lengthy recovery needed. He wanted to prepare us for the long road ahead.

You could have heard a pin drop as we all sat there with eyes filled with tears and hearts filled with worry. But the silence came to an abrupt halt as another family entered the room with a lot of hustle and bustle.

I immersed myself in my own feelings and tried to tune them out until I heard the Name of Jesus filling the room.

In that moment, when fear and anxiety hovered, just the mention of Jesus' Name was music to my ears. I lifted my head to see a beautiful white-haired woman, with sparkling eyes and an engaging smile. She sat in a wheelchair, telling her family how she was praying that the Lord would heal her precious husband. Despite her grim situation, her face was glowing with joy.

I quickly averted my eyes, but within seconds she was staring at me and hollered, "Hey honey! How are you?" I managed a pitiful smile, said "Fine, thank you," and intended to keep to myself. She, however, had other plans.

Before I knew it, she had rolled her wheelchair across the room and stopped right at my feet. She talked about her family, why her husband was in surgery, and what a wonderful godly man he was. She asked about our situation and began encouraging me with God's promises.

Although at first I wished she would stop talking, I soon found myself wanting to write down her every word as she poured out her sweetness all over me.

Then she said something I will never forget. "Honey, I hope God blesses your sister. If He can only save one person today, I hope it is her. My husband is 85 years-old and has lived a long and fruitful life."

I was literally stunned by her selflessness. I was shocked that she would even consider the thought of putting a total stranger's life ahead of the life of her dear husband. I didn't know how to respond to such a sacrificial, heartfelt, godly expression of love. Then she took my hands into hers and prayed for my sister out loud. Afterwards, I prayed for her husband, and she disappeared as quickly as she had appeared.

I walked out of that waiting room having seen a glimpse of Jesus in the face of a frail, elderly woman, a woman who was willing to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

This sweet lady had countless reasons to be depressed, discouraged, and hopeless. Instead she chose to be expressive, encouraging and hopeful. Most importantly, she spread those gifts to everyone around her. She replaced her worry with concern for others. She filled her heart with joy instead of sadness. She put aside her own anxiety to ease the anxiety of a total stranger. She loved on me when she needed to be loved on herself.

She willingly chose to be the hands and feet of Jesus, and I can only hope to be just like this sweet lady one day. I hope

…to become such a strong woman of faith that I can have joy and contentment even during the storms of life.

…to become such a strong woman of faith that I would sacrifice my own needs and desires for those of a stranger.

…to become a woman that leaves other people feeling as if they have seen Jesus through the light that shone through me.

Dear Lord, give me a longing to be Your hands and feet to someone in need today. Open doors for me to spread Your joy and hope. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
Visit Tracie’s blog

A Life That Says Welcome, Simple Ways to Open Your Heart & Home to Others by Karen Ehman

The Uncommon Woman: Making an Ordinary Life Extraordinary by Susie Larson

Inspire a man in your life to be the hands and feet of Jesus with Hero: Unleashing God's Power in a Man's Heart by Derwin Gray

For more encouragement, read our free resource God’s Messengers

Application Steps:
Ask God to give you a heart consumed with meeting the needs of others.

Would I be willing to make a personal sacrifice for a total stranger?

Do I embrace opportunities that Jesus puts in my path to be His hands and feet?

Power Verses:
Matthew 5:14, "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden." (NIV)

Mark 12:31, "The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." (NIV)

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Anonymous Shanna Melton said...

Awesome devotion it moved me so. I am praying and hoping that I can be the hands and feet of Jesus today and everyday, that others may always see Jesus' light through me.

Blogger Unknown said...

I have a dear friend who is so much like the lady in the wheelchair. She is always ministering to others needs while dealing with chronic pain and a sick child. Please pray for my friend today. And pray we can take her example and be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Blogger Jen said...

Oh, that we who love Jesus would be His hands and feet! Thank you for the faithful who walk ahead of us and lead by example, and may those who come behind us find us faithful to bring glory to His name!!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the incredible devotion, as it really moved me.


Blogger T-Reese said...

Awesome devotion. Truly a beautiful example of how we can become the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to the world. One person at a time.

Anonymous Christy Johnson said...

What an awesome story & testimony! I hope the "lady in the wheelchair" knows how much her act of kindness is ministering to others now. I'm going to read this story to my women's group on Sunday when I teach about grace!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm way behind on my reading, but I'm so grateful that I didn't hit "delete" before reading this incredible story! Before I knew it, tears were streaming down my face. I'm going thru difficult struggles right now, and I constantly fight with myself to stop thinking about me and start thinking about others. This story made my heart soar! Thank you so much for sharing it. I pray that this angel's husband is healing and pray that Jesus will also touch your sister.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you for your words of encouragement and to remember to place others and others needs before our own...God bless~

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