Saturday, October 5, 2013
I bless the Lord for where I am, right now. Each stage of my life has been rich. Of course, nothing can ever measure up to life as it was when our children still lived with Jim and me, growing into adults under our extremely imperfect tutelage. As it seems to happen, Jim and I have become a bit older, and now our house is home only to the two of us. Oh, well, it was great while it lasted, guess we need to gather our rocking chairs and lap robes and …
Not quite yet, the Lord says!
He has not forgotten us! Within the last couple of years, God has led us into a place, once again, of privileged ministry. No, we’re not rearing more children – well, not in the sense of housing-feeding-being responsible-24/7 child-rearing. Rather, we’re smack in the middle of watching the Master work incredible miracles in singularly desperate situations.
We are his cheerleaders in this work; praying and praising as the One who spoke the universe into being touches broken, scarred, and bleeding lives with his healing. He infuses hope into precious ones who have no hope, and, worse, believe they deserve none; he rekindles the light of purity in eyes that for so long have been dark with Satan’s twisted visions. We rejoice as this LORD woos each one to himself, plants the seed of his word, then over time transfigures a wounded woman into wellness and wholeness.
He promises them:
“I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support.
I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless,
nor forsake nor let you down (relax my hold on you.) Assuredly not!” Heb 13:5 Amp. Bible
When the light of that promise breaks forth in each one, she responds with grateful, passionate devotion for this Lover of her soul. They all pour out their adoration in constant singing and praying. They read copious amounts of Scripture daily. This new relationship with God surpasses any attachment they’ve ever, ever known. They are quick to speak his name.
Do some reject this healing? Yes. Some have ears to hear and don’t hear. We grieve with the Lord and press on, praying they will someday really hear.
Among those who do hear and accept Jesus, do conflicts, bad attitudes, pride, anger, meanness and selfishness raise their ugly heads? Yes, about as often as these sins appear in the rest of us Christians. When the inevitable occurs (they are still human), problems are confronted immediately, however uncomfortable, and worked at until they’re worked out.
God is gracious enough to allow Jim and me to be his fellow workers – we get to experience the pleasure and joy the Lord must feel when each of these souls turns from darkness to serve the Living God! I am humbled by the awesome power of the Lord and his Word. I’m seeing before me in living color the mind of Jesus take root in, sprout up in, and transform bitterness, weakness, worthlessness, and skepticism into a love for the Savior that revolutionizes every area of their lives!!
It’s a great time of our lives.