Obachan is a beautiful woman in her mid 90’s. She lives on the island of Maui, and cares for her family’s Shinto Shrine. During the second World War, she and her late husband acted as a human barricade, protecting their Shrine from the destruction of the American soldiers; later, taking it apart, nail by nail, board by board, and moving it across the island to where it currently stands.
I had the opportunity to meet Obachan and share the Love of Christ with her during my stay on the Hawaiian Islands. As she told her story, I noticed her memories were all full of pain and suffering. Her children had all moved away, and her husband had died, leaving her alone to care for the family Shrine. Her life was full of uncertainties and unanswered questions. No one took the time to stop and talk with her. To her, no one seemed to care. She felt lonely and alone.
After hearing her story, a few of us were given the opportunity to share Jesus with Obachan. We were able to smile, and listen, and give her our time. We had the opportunity to share the Love of Jesus in both our words and our actions. After spending time with her, we got to tell her that Jesus Loved her very much, and was able to fill her loneliness and comfort her in her suffering; we were able to tell Obachan that with Jesus, she could be certain of her future. We asked if we could pray for her, and she said yes. That day, Obachan accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.
It’s been exactly one year today, since I have been on the Islands of Hawaii. All day, I have been finding myself looking back, and re-walking through some of the blessings and the lessons that has God brought me through. I am so grateful for the things that He has let allowed me to experience, the lessons He’s taught me, and the people He’s placed in my life.
As I look back on the adventures that my Jesus has allowed me to be apart of, I find myself recognizing so many different Obachans, in so many different situations. I am amazed and blessed, and humbled as I think that Jesus would trust me with His most prized possession, the souls of His children. Sometimes, it scares me a when I actually think of the impact I have in the lives of others. I am a model of Christ to those who see me.
When I choose to partner with Christ, and treat His children with Love and compassion, when I make the effort to obey Him, and model His Love to those He puts in my life, I get to be apart of the process of setting people free, and ushering them into Paradise!
Being a Christian is all about being like Christ. I am called to purely Love His children, as He purely Loves me. My actions should always point others to their Creator.
Sometimes, this can be as simple as spending an hour, listening to Obachan.
Why honor others? Because it honors Jesus. He created us to be with Him forever. Because life with Him is so much better than life without Him. Because He died to be with us, all of us… not just the ones we deem as worthy. Because He’s so worth it.