From the Evangelist Desk.
September edition of the magazine.
A brief note before we start:
Although I am unable to be with you over the coming months, I am still going to write for the Parish Magazine. Our thoughts are with you all, and may Gods Church grow in stature and revive this lacking world.
All by myself, I don’t wan’ a be all by myself, anymore!
I was listening to a person speak, and I mean listening, not just hearing, there is a difference. I was taking in what they were saying to me. They seemed so hurt and felt so alone. They said that no one understood them, and no one cared. They had given up on their family and knew that their friends could not be trusted.
I felt the hurt and loneliness building inside of them as they spoke. I felt the desperation in every word. The atmosphere within the room was cold, forbidding and sad.
When the person paused for breath, I prayed, ‘Lord why has such hurt fallen upon someone like this?’ I then felt the words forming in my head, words that did not come from me; the words were from Scripture, His Word that would help me gain strength in this time of sharing.
Matthew 28:20 “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”(NIV)
I prayed again and asked the Lord to guide me what to do.
Then more words formed in my head and I was again given insight into the Scriptures: Luke 10:27 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 neighbour as yourself.”(NIV)
I then said, ‘What are you doing right this minute? Are you able to come with me for a while?’ They replied, ‘Yes for cause, but where are we going?’ I felt that I should keep a mystery about where I was about to take them, it was a place I go to be alone, without being alone, a place where I go to spend time with the Lord. So I said to them, ‘Don’t worry, all will become apparent in time.’
We got into my car and started to drive, it was quiet and the person I was with was looking out of the window watching the world go by.
I took this opportunity to reflect on the second piece of Scripture that the Lord has presented me with. There were scales within my mind stopping me from making sense of what was given, then like a ray of sunshine, the scales fell from mind and landed with a crunch in the lower recesses, the light was radiant and the scales at the bottom of my mind shone like diamonds, and gold reflecting in the brilliance.
To me, (others may disagree but I am only human after all), I do try to love the Lord God with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my strength and with all my mind. Therefore in love of my neighbour, I should be willing to share my time, my faith, in fact anything that will help them to gain a quality of life.
We continued to drive in silence. The day was approaching dusk, and the sunset was not far away. I felt the oppressive atmosphere lift, I felt the weight on my shoulders slide off, like the straps from a heavy backpack, sliding from the shoulders down the arms until the backpack fell free and was placed on the floor.
We had arrived at our destination and I parked the car. The views, although I say it myself were breath taking. We could see for miles and mile, the wonderful glorious colours of nature basking in the final rays of the sun as it set below the horizon.
I was pleased to see that the person travelling with me was as awe struck as me at the wonderful display we were witnessing at the closing of the day.
I saw the expression on their face, the lifting of the weight they had been carrying for so long. They then said to me, ‘So this is where you come to be alone. It’s wonderful.’
I was then led to say, ‘Friend, I am never alone, wherever I am, wherever I am going and in whatever I am doing, the Lord is with me. I know that I always have a friend in Jesus.’
The person replied, ‘You really believe that don’t you?’
I responded, ‘Yes, because in Scripture, the Lord says, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” And I know that He is always with me, guiding me and being a true and eternal friend.’
They nodded their understanding of what I was trying to convey. There was a smile on their face, and I then thought, in each of us there is a piece of Christ.
I started the car back up and we drove back in silence, but I could feel the peace and tranquillity oozing from the person with me. Their features looked so much more relaxed and content.
We are all apart of Gods creation, and we all have our role to play. Will I always be given the strength that is needed to do the Lords will here on earth? Let’s close this article with a wonderful piece of Scripture from Isaiah:
The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail. (NIV)
I firmly believe that as long as I am doing what the Lord asks me to do, I will never fail. What about you? What is the Lord asking you to do at this time?
May the Lord bless and keep you all.
Yours in Christ Jesus.
© Rick Hayes, September 2011