Early, very early this morning Jesus awoke me. He was telling me new things to come. His path is stirring another direction. Perhaps it was yesterday’s service from Pastor Steve. The message was, “Your Community needs Jesus”! In every corner, every street, every one, enemy or otherwise, be gentle and give respect.
I met an older lady who was in the hospital with me. We would have prayer, devotions, and music for honoring the Lord. We prayed with her family who was very concerned about her wellness. Her Pastor prayed with both of us. How glorious a time!
Why do you suppose He had us meet along with the Praise and Love? Yes, there was a reason. Hope. She was losing her will to live. She thought her end was near and she wanted to go home to Jesus. Oh, this is not something to tell our Father. She said, “I want to leave this place You sent me to. He replies to her, “Oh, no, you are in the right place, your work is not done here yet. Do you want to end up in a whale like Jonah, who said the same thing?” She laughs.
So, I shared the book of Jonah to remind her the truth. God does not like to be told when He should take us home. This is not your plan to make, He is your maker and you are not.
The other roommate I had was definitely planned by Jesus. This woman had a stroke. She had fallen and broken her left leg. She was in pain! She cried and cried! I knew this was not her normal self. I knew that the stroke and the medications were disrupting her mind. So, I started praying and reading scripture. Even though the curtain was pulled where she could not see me, she could hear me.
She spoke out, “Who is that? Who is talking?” I told her my name and that I was praying for her. She said, “Good”. Then she settled down and fell asleep. I thanked Jesus because now I could get some sleep too.
When she awoke about 4 hours later, it all started again. Then I started reading and praying. This time though, the pain she had was so much worse. This is when the darkness enters someone so deeply their hope leaves them. I prayed that Jesus would overcome this in His name. Sometimes, it takes a great deal of patience for this situation and faith believing that His light overcomes the darkness.
You see, He needs to show us the truth. The truth is she was weak but then we are strong in Him. The truth is that I was supposed to learn from this and be gentle and kind. We will meet the enemy, and Jesus fights for us. We need to be strong and courageous. Jesus already won! A lesson well remembered.
What does this have to do with my Pastor’s sermon? Everything. This is our Father’s world. Our community, our hospitals, our schools, our government, our leaders, and our countries all around us.
This is my Father’s World!
I Peter 3:15 “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to every one who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”