This article is courtesy of Image Magazine and appeared first in December, 1988.
The phone rang as my three year old daughter was crying for another popsicle and my toothless eight year old was complaining of cold gums from the same icy treat. I breathlessly answered the phone, thinking that Mrs. Ward Cleaver would be more together than I in this circumstance.
The voice on the other end was that of an angel from God. My three year old calls her Miz Roof. Miss Ruth is the person our children run to after church services for various sweets and gum. I guess every church has one person like this, but ours is special, she also dispenses love and hugs freely.
Miss Ruth had called to ask if she could keep my precious darlings for awhile so that I could get out of the house and have some me time. Precious darlings is not exactly the phrase I would have chosen to describe my sticky and impatient children at that moment, but I didnt want to argue with this angel of mercy.
I wasted no time accepting her invitation. I packed them into the car and headed off to Miz Roofs house. Upon arrival, my children ran with open arms to this wonderful saint while I escaped with a thanks, and Ill be back soon. Driving away, I experienced the peace that passeth all understanding that only a mommy could fully appreciatequietness! No noise. No arguing. Sweet peace.
Before I even became aware I was doing it, I found myself talking to my Father. As I talked to him, I was filled with thankfulness for the people who serve others quietly and selflessly. Miss Ruth will never fully know how thankful I am to her for loving my children and for loving me. She is an example of the silent servant who quietly and purposely serves others, not just in word, but in deed and truth.
Silent servants are a heritage from God, who trace their roots through every age of Gods people. Their legacy runs through the biblical recordNaomi, Hannah, Zechariah, Elizabeth, Onesiphorus, and Phoebe. These, and many other silent servants, are precious to God. They played an important role among his people, doing what their Father had called them to doserve his family.
The daily function of the church depends on people who will serve each other. We must not devalue the essential contribution these godly servants provide to the life and vitality of Gods people. Our Father has promised he sees what is done in secret and will reward these special servants (Matt. 6:6).
I realize that I will never be able to fully thank Miss Ruth for all she has done for me and my family. I am comforted to know that God will, for I believe that he has added another name to his list of precious servants: Miz Roof.
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