On my last day in Ethiopia my group was riding in a van and came to a stop. As usual people approached the windows to beg for food or money. We were instructed to not give money. But, we had brought some snacks to eat from home and decided to give some to people.
I passed out a bag of Cheez-its to a woman and her small child. Then an older woman approached my window. As I prepared to hand out a Kudos bar, she held up both hands and all of her fingers were missing. She had two palms that looked worn. She was dirty and looked very poor. As she looked me in the eye I placed the Kudos bar between her two palms. Our hands touched.
We pulled away and I had the strongest urge to grab a bottle of anti-bacterial lotion and cleanse my hands. I wanted to stay clean. But, I resisted the urge…
As we drove away I wrestled within my heart. I thought of Jesus touching the lepers, the unclean and the outcasts. He met practical needs, but also shared his very life. He seemed so comfortable in uncomfortable circumstances.
So, I resisted the urge to use the anti-bacterial lotion…
… for 10 min.
Kudos to Jesus for showing us how to truly love.
Help me God to stop trying to protect myself and stay tidy and clean. Bless the woman with the Kudos bar. Amen.