Just now to test this hypothesis I picked up a Bible at my desk and randomly
opened it and it fell to 1 Chronicles 4:27: "Shimei had sixteen sons and six
daughters, but his brothers did not have many children; so their entire clan
did not become as numerous as the people of Judah."
Then I thought, Judah was the clan from which Jesus was born years later.
I then tried again and this time randomly landed on Proverbs 22:17-18: "Pay
attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I
teach, for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of
them ready for your lips."
Then I thought that Jesus is the wisest Teacher of all, and He promised to
put His "Law" in my heart.
My friend sent me a story form Joni Eareckson that reminds me of the example
like the one I just mentioned about the Bible. As a Christian I believe God
has given us the ability to look at any experience we have and see the
presence of Jesus in it. All we have to do is yield ourselves to His Will
and He allows us to see that everything we experience is somehow related to
Him and His provision for us.
"The Wall Won't Hurt You"
"For by You I can run against a troop, by my God I can leap over a wall.
Psalm 18:29, NKJV"
"Corie is 19 years old, a little under five feet tall, has one of the most
winsome smiles I've ever encountered, and has Down Syndrome. Corie's speech
is a little slurred and her nouns and verbs don't always match. But that
just adds to her charm. One summer at a Family Retreat she asked me
excitedly, "Are you going rock wall and come down and watching me climb it
all the way to the top and back down okay?" I replied, 'You bet!'"
"I watched the conference staff workers strap my new friend into her helmet
and climbing harness. Corie was ready! She gave me a happy 'thumbs up,'
turned to the wall, grabbed a rock, and away she went. She was so fast! This
girl had no fear! After she had conquered her goal and scooted back down the
wall, everyone cheered."
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"But Heather, who was next, was too nervous to cheer. It was her
very first climb... and she has Down syndrome, too. "Are you ready?"
the staff worker asked her. She could only stare at him with a blank
expression. But then Corie stepped in. "Headder, you are going, too,
up?" she said. Slipping an arm around her friend, Corie said softly,
"Okay it is, Headder. The wall won't hurt you." That was all Heather
needed to hear. In the next instant she was scrambling up the wall.
Halfway up, she meekly called down, 'It doesn't hurt!'"
"Are you facing an intimidating wall right now... a medical problem,
an unexpected bill, a strained relationship, or a wrestling match
with temptation? God has a purpose, and knows all about what you're
facing. Look up, take heart and say, "I can do everything through
him who gives me strength" (Philippians 4:13)."
Ms. Eareckson's thoughts help us to understand that sometimes we
face "walls" of discouragement and pain. Our experiences may seem
far away from what God is doing in our lives. However, during good
times, or not so good times, every experience for the Christian is a
reminder that God has shed His Grace on each of us. We can see Him
and His working in and through us as we yield ourselves to Him and
allow His Spirit to work through us.
Sometimes it may seem that he is far away and there seems to be no
purpose in what we are going through, but with His Grace, the
shadows are dispelled, the curtain is drawn and we see clearly how
an event has given us strength to grow in Him. It is like the famous
poem, "Footprints" when there was only one set of footprints in the
sand and Jesus says, "It was then when I carried you."
[By JIM KILLEBREW]
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