Lord, when did we see you?

This is a great question for someone looking for a loophole or the letter of the law and not the spirit of it.

Lord, when didn’t we see you? When were our eyes focused on ourselves so much that we didn’t see you in the faces of those who go hungry, are mentally or physically ill, are homeless or are in prison. And don’t forget those exhausted parents of young children, immigrants to our country, and the elderly.

If we take time to look around for those who have needs, we will surely see. Sometimes the easiest person to spot is that person who is an earlier version of ourselves. May God open our eyes today to see our neighbor in need and open the door to a connection.

31 “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. 42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’

44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’

45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.

46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.” Matthew 25: 31-46 NLT

Drink Up!


Of course, water is good for everyone all the time but it is especially important when traveling through arid areas. It is important to plan ahead, have an ample supply, and stay hydrated. Water is precious.

We also noticed some homes collecting rainwater in barrels; preparing ahead for the dry season. They don’t waste it and they are very intentional.

Are there times you drink deep of God’s life-giving Word in anticipation for those desert times?

My most intense communication with God always seems to be during those dry times. When things are going well, I am, unfortunately, not quite as serious a student as I am in times of trial. The more challenging the moment, the more God has my attention. I am “all ears”.

Heavenly Father ~ help me to desire your Word even in times of plenty. Amen.

Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.   Psalm 1:1-3 NIV

On the Road,