Tonight I sit looking up, thinking about how paradoxically clarifying it is to live in the midst of an impossible situation, a real tidal wave and a tiny beach. The last few days have become one long day. Their beginnings and endings have softened from the intense heat of our circumstance and then cooled in God’s presence to reform seamlessly into this one long day of waiting, watching…
This new week brings us squarely into a collision that counts a little less than a life or death scenario, but more than enough to garner a full-faced grimace from your average daredevil. The last bulb is burning out and we’re a mile inside the cave. There are no bread crumbs or Braille maps, only the hope that a final tap on the glass might offer a momentary flicker for a momentary smile.
The climate is unfriendly for most, but most unfriendly to those who offer dramatically warm words on top of distant and dead deeds. To the traveler, beaten and robbed, “Let me know what I can do” says the false Samaritan as he passes by. “Just let me know, but if you do, I’m sure God will be watching over you. And rest assured that if He can’t, then most certainly how would I (help you)?
Yes, this ignorant perspective is painful, more so than the wilderness itself. God I’m learning again!
It is far less painful to be beaten within an inch of my life than to be asked what I did to provoke it. It is far less painful to be robbed of every material thing than to be asked by a passing fool “don’t you have work to do?” And it is far less painful to be left for dead by one who cares not, than offered a loaf of bread on a chain, from a loved one who critiques every bite.
Stock piling is vinegar to our children’s teeth and a language that gives no voice to love. If love is all that remains then it’s the only thing worth stockpiling; but love is nothing if not given away. If a man stockpiles paper in his home he’s diagnosed as a hoarder but if that paper is green and locked in a vault he’s celebrated, worshiped and cheered. He should pray the echoes of those cheers will drown the sound of overlooked needs that will forever ring in his ears.
If you feel this same hurt, it’s because you’ve put your faith in people who’ve put their faith in things. It’s time to stop!
Prayer of struggle
God forgive us for this!. We understand now and we repent. What we could’ve done for others has now become our need. Father let us never forget this moment or the sharpness of this pain, so we will act like the Jesus who learned obedience through suffering, who stockpiled nothing but the presence of God. He gave away His future for us and was separated from you. He became poor that we might become rich. He bore our sickness and came to give us life and life more abundantly. We’ve taken that abundance and stockpiled it away in the name of eating it someday. Lord help us to learn your kind of obedience through this suffering and never withhold out of fear. Help us to give like Jesus. Thank you Father for opening our eyes through your love that prunes and prepares us for bearing more fruit. In Jesus name, Amen
The scripture on my heart today is the parable of the Good Samaritan. Let’s take a look and mediate on it.
Luke 10: 25-37
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Today its all been on a personal note.
And I have to admit that letting others into my personal prayer time is difficult. I place my self at risk of be called a complainer or ungrateful. I place myself at risk for making people uncomfortable as if my posts were soliciting something. Please pray for me as I continue in spite of these concerns. And do pray for the needs I’ve opened up about – they are real!
My only aim is to be honest and to encourage anyone out there who is suffering to remain faithful until God brings them deliverance. I open up about my need so others will see that God is faithful and He will deliver if we trust Him for it. When God delivers and people fail – it will be known! He will gain glory.
The perspective of the spiritually blind is FAR DIFFERENT that we think, and we must make a choice to either hate them for the lack of love, or love them in spite of it. Jesus chose to love at all costs. As for me and my house we shall serve the Lord! And right now, that means we must learn to love others like we need to be loved, (right now). We can certainly love more abundnatly and at a higher cost than in the past, even toward those who have turned away from us to focus on themself.
The problem began with my own spritual blindness and now my discipline is experiencing the pain in the blindness of others. We will dig into what spiritual blindness is and why it’s different than we think, in the next post. It’s all part of waking up our faith for the purpose of loving God and others.
If you need encouragement, prayers or anything I can lay my hands on please contact me.