“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels”
Entertaining strangers…for most of us, that could be a tough one. Most of us are constantly on the run barely taking the time to look up to see who is in front of us…let alone entertaining them.
I love to entertain in my home. I have a complete coffee station in my kitchen. Yes, I said “coffee station”. Two coffee pots filled at any given time, biscottis, homemade cookies each day, chocolate covered peppermint stirrers, and a kitchen table that seats 9!! I love to entertain. Friends stop by on any given evening for coffee, a laugh, and a word of prayer. There is a small cafe table sitting in front of my sliding glass doors for more intimate entertaining. Did I mention, I love entertaining.
Our house is commonly known as the “Kool Aide” house. You can find a number of kids here in the afternoons. My daughter enjoys baking as much as I do, so she in found preparing brownies and hot chocolate on many days. We are an entertaining family.
But entertaining strangers is a whole new story. Do you ever wonder why God threw that verse in there? In Biblical days, this probably didn’t raise an eyebrow. Life wasn’t as hectic as it is now..or at least I like to think not.
I took my children to a “river walk” to take pictures of them. It was cold that morning and they noticed an elderly man sitting on the bench. He was wrapped up in his torn coat with his head down to avoid the wind. It was so cold, in fact, that we chose to leave and come back later in the morning when it had time to warm up a bit. Perhaps 3 hours later we returned to finish our pictures. The same man was there. It didn’t appear that he had even moved and believe me, my children noticed.
I could see the look of fear on their faces for this stranger. Being the mature adult that I am, I dismissed the man and wanted to get the pictures done. My kids wouldn’t hear of it. We left for a trip to Burger King. Each of them used their own money to purchase an entire meal for the elderly man. We returned back to the park bench where they each carried their gifts to the man.
My oldest son (who was about 6 at the time), touched the man on his arm to get his attention. “Are you hungry, Mister?” Jathe asked. The man’s eyes told a story of pain and loneliness. With a simple nod, he accepted the bag of warm food. Mikayla and Colby offered their bags as well. One by one, each of them told the stranger of God’s love. As I watched, both I and the stranger wiped tears from our eyes.
It amazes me how children have such an ability to teach God’s love in a way we would never imagine. Not only did they speak God’s love, but they ministered to this man’s needs and therefore opened the door to show it. I felt ashamed that day that I would have simply walked away.
As adults, I think we tend to get lost in our own lives. We forget the simple rules God gives us. Entertaining strangers is probably one of the simplest things we can muster. Still, it took a child to point that out to me.