I received a phone call from my Older Order friend, and the author of this blog, a few months ago, asking if she could read something to me. It came at a time when I felt completely drained spiritually, and exhausted emotionally, after receiving a lengthy letter in the mail, attacking me, and our ministry. As she read it, the tears spilled over. It was a most timely reminder that God does not forget us, or abandon us. He meets us in our broken place, and feeds, fills and restores us. She offered to send to to me via snail mail, and gave me permission to publish it on my blog, and use her name. If you find yourself in this place of struggle, a place of fatigue or discouragement, I pray that you will be as encouraged as I was, by Martha’s blog.
I used to view God as a policeman, who sits around somewhere, waiting to find someone at fault… who comes after you with flashing lights. He hands over a ticket, which means, “I’ve been fined.”
Instead, God draws us… invites us… Not with flashing lights, but with a glow that comes from the very Father heart of God. An invitation, if you will: “You may kneel in this pool of blood… It was shed for you. All your guilt, and shame and sin have been redeemed before you were ever born. And that pool of blood, instead of a ‘fine’ or a ‘ticket’, offers a receipt… a receipt that says, ‘ You’re free. I’ve paid for you!”
What a Saviour! We have reason to rejoice. We have reason to be alive!
When I think of Elijah, I think of third degree depression. He was discouraged…. “What’s the use. Nobody cares… I am all alone… what I do doesn’t mean anything….They seek to kill me, for doing what is right.”
What did he do? He ran for the juniper tree. “I’m done! Just let me die!”
What did God do? \he met him there. He said, “Elijah, what are you doing here? The journey is too great for you. Arise and eat.”
Isn’t that wonderful? Isn’t that amazing?
God called him by his name. God knew him. He saw Elijah’s pain. Not only did He call him, he provided for him. He understood his pain, his depression, his hopelessness.
Rejoice! That God is still alive today. If you find yourself under the juniper tree, or heading that way, take heart, God meets us there.
We all know the story of the Good Samaritan. There was a man travelling to Jerusalem, when he was overtaken by robbers. They beat him and took all his goods.
Along came two men, a priest and a Levite. Exactly what their missions were, I cannot say. We get the picture that they were tending to important religious matters. These religious men couldn’t be bothered by the likes of the injured man.
Along came the Good Samaritan. He had compassion and stopped to offer help. He took the injured man to a place of comfort and healing.
Where do we find ourselves in this scenario? So busy with religious duties that we pass by the hurting? Are we the ones beating and robbing, taking what isn’t ours–be it money, or reputation? Or are we the one with compassion?
Or, if we stop and take a closer look… Are we perchance the person lying there, wounded and bleeding, not able to walk without support??
If that is you, take heart. You are in a good position. Just as God met Elijah under the juniper tree, He will meet you. It is for this very reason that Jesus came. In Isaiah 61 we read that Jesus is coming to heal the broken-hearted, to give sight to the blind, and to free those who are bound, to bring good tidings.
Are those not good tidings?
~ Martha ~