By Charlie T. Garner
This is a true story. I know personally the parties
involved. Love dwindled, unhappiness and dissatisfaction grew, daily fussing
and fighting characterized the relationship of the husband and wife, and, ultimately,
a divorce wrecked the home, leaving two bewildered, emotionally scarred
children in its wake. The father gained custody and the mother went her own
way, doing her own thing.
The children loved their mother. Strange thing about love -
it's so often blind to the faults of those we love. Months went by and the
mother longed to see her children. She mustered up the courage to visit.
Leaving her car at the curb, she walked to the front door only to find no one
at home. But, posted on the door was a note from the youngest of her two boys,
the seven-year-old. It read, "Mother, I'm at the park. Please come to the
park." She hurriedly made her way to the park, and there, sure enough, was
the little fellow. After the preliminary hugs and kissed, the mother, still
amazed by the note, said, "Honey, how did you know I was coming to see you
"Oh, I didn't," he answered.
"But, what made you put the note on the door if you
didn't know I was coming?"
In response, the love-starved little one said, "I put a
note on the door every day, every time I leave, 'cause I knew you'd be coming
to see me."
"I knew you'd be coming to see me!" I wonder if
there are not those OUT THERE, life's rejects, those hurt by cruel
circumstance, those whose life seems to be hopelessly going nowhere, those
groping for some spiritual meaning in their lives, who are daily placing a note
on their door which reads, "I'm not at home just now, but please - PLEASE
- come find me!"
The world is filled with people who do not know who they
need to talk to or just how to solve their heavy, seemingly unbearable
problems, but they are confident that someone, somewhere has those answers and
that someone cares enough to go looking for them.
Someone is waiting for you! Christians, with the Good Book
in their hands and love in their hearts have those answers. On someone's door
out there is a note which reads, "I knew you'd come looking for me."
Let's not fail them. Out there, somewhere, someone is waiting on you.
Friendly Visitor, weekly bulletin of the Auburn Church of Christ in
Auburn, AL. September 7, 1989.