In the summer of 2014 whilst working for African Child Trust, I was privelleged to take part in a charity walk with the aim to help STOMP out violence against women. Vicky Taylor walked with me as we talked about the work of ACT in Malawi and the dignity it was bringing to some of Africa’s most vulnerable.
Vicky Taylor sadly passed away earlier this year. I felt led to share something very personal as a tribute to Vicky. Vicky was a lady who lived SHEMA, it wasn’t theory for her, it was real. SHEMA is the Hebrew word meaning hear, it is a sacred tradition that explores what it means to love God. It hinges on hearing from Him, the passage known as the SHEMA is Deuteronomy 6:4-9:
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might…” – SHEMA
I shared my heart with Vicky that day, I was broken inside, I felt abandoned, helpless and hopeless. I was in a place that was so dark I felt there was no way out, like love was just a distant abstract idea, I felt unloved and the concept that I could love seemed to far fetched to be real.
That morning Vicky drove down to the event and felt to stop at a service station and to buy a bunch of flowers. At the end of the event Vicky had heard from God that I was the one she bought the flowers for. That I was to go home and give them to my wife. There a moments, that are beyond being a random sequence of events. That was one of the greatest life giving moments I have ever experienced. It was made possible because Vicky heard, she SHEMA’d…
This week may you and I be aware and alive to what God is saying, it could be a life giving act that someone around you desperately needs.