Day 12 | A Love for Uber Drivers
I love Uber drivers.
This past summer, I had the best ride from a man from Ghana. I entered the car a stranger and exited a sister. The Lord often uses the most average of scenarios to speak to me. We talked all about Jesus and discussed the intricacies of what He was doing in each of our lives. He told me of his love for his wife and two daughters and the story of how the Lord brought them from Ghana to the United States. I told him about a little boy named Walden, a university in Ohio, and a dream the the Lord gave me. We assured each other that we would be praying for each other.
"The Lord made you for glorious things, Frankie," the Ghanaian man said to me. His words have echoed in my mind ever since, and sometimes the weight of glory cripples me.
C.S. Lewis comments in his Weight of Glory, "The promise of glory is the promise, almost incredible and only possible by the work of Christ, that some of us, that any of us who really chooses, shall actually survive examination, shall find approval, shall please God. To please God... to be a real ingredient in the divine happiness... to be loved by God, not merely pities, but delighted in as an artist delights in his work or a father in a son- it seems impossible, a weight or burden or glorify which our thoughts can hardly sustain. But so it is."
I get caught in the grand idea of purpose and stay up late dreaming, wondering, and praying.
Glory... He made me for something glorious. The Lord has entrusted me with much, yet He does not ask me to do big things. He invited me to walk in faithfulness, just holding His hand. He shows me the small things that I can do with great love.
Uber drivers pray for me, the lady cutting my hair tells me I am blessed, and I am in awe as I recount the many small things that He has done just because He loves me.
The other morning my mom came in excited to tell me about Zephaniah. It was so cute: her eyes lit up as she spoke, excited for me to see things as she did when she read the verses:
Sing, O daughter of Zion;
shout aloud, O Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem!
15 For the Lord will remove his hand of judgment
and will disperse the armies of your enemy.
And the Lord himself, the King of Israel,
will live among you!
At last your troubles will be over,
and you will never again fear disaster.
16 On that day the announcement to Jerusalem will be,
“Cheer up, Zion! Don’t be afraid!
17 For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”
18 “I will gather you who mourn for the appointed festivals;
you will be disgraced no more.[b]
19 And I will deal severely with all who have oppressed you.
I will save the weak and helpless ones;
I will bring together
those who were chased away.
I will give glory and fame to my former exiles,
wherever they have been mocked and shamed.
20 On that day I will gather you together
and bring you home again.
I will give you a good name, a name of distinction,
among all the nations of the earth,
as I restore your fortunes before their very eyes.
I, the Lord, have spoken!”
Nineteen-year-old Frankie prayed, "Lord, I may not know what you are calling me to do or who you are calling me to be, but I know above all you are calling me to love."
Love lifts the weight of glory and turns it all into a grand adventure. Perhaps this is where Lewis found Narnia. There are dark corners, confusing chapters, and meandering avenues, yet the glory of it all is knowing that I see Him, I hear Him, and I love Him.
I wait for Him knowing that He is with me: Emmanuel.