Strong and Sleek

April 15, 2008 at 8:29 am 2 comments

Today is the day I meet with the decorator.  Whew.  I can’t wait, yet I am bracing myself.  I think I gritted my teeth all night, dreading the decisions that will need to be made.  So many layers of decision.  I hope she can help me break it down into small steps and perhaps even save me some money with better resources and good workers.  There is no way I can paint a 2 story foyer on my own. 

I felt really awful yesterday and the house isn’t “company ready”, but humility is a good thing.  I hope to get some loose ends tied up  this morning. 

God has been so present this week.  I feel prayer.  It is rich, heavy, preoccupying, and dare I say, intoxicating.
Ezekiel 34 came as a focal passage yesterday.  I meditated on it in and out all day, sometimes in tears.  My heart has been weary, and he is awakening it, I think.  It feels good to wake up and be able to feel again, though the conviction is thick.
  1. Ezekiel 34:4
    You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. 
  2. Ezekiel 34:16
    I {God} will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.

God was referring to his chosen priests of that time, the strong ones, His chosen shepherds of the people.  At that time, God could not live and dwell in people as He offers now, with the shed blood of Christ purifying us for his presence.  At that time, the priests, his shepherds were responsible for their spiritual care. 

Still, in this I see the deep compassion God had for his people, and the priority and compassion He wanted His priests to have in their care.  He could have done it without them, but He wanted them focused and fit for service.

I have become dulled to words like “discipleship” for body life, and “ministry”, as if they are something we do.  It is something our heart is. 

I’ve gotten very weary this year.  Thankfully, God has offered me some rest!  My heart is awakening. 

We are known already to be a “hospital for souls” in the community.  It’s an honor.  Honestly, I still do not know how much I can handle, but God is moving in me.  Around Christmas, I began praying for a renewed sense of His heart of compassion. 

I feel like a child learning to ride a bike at times.  Some days, I really want it; some days, I’m kicking the bike, just as my children do.  It’s not always easy to move forward.  Red screamed during his last lesson, “But, I don’t even know how to stop!”   I crash right into my Father for now!  Many strong ones run alongside me, keeping me steady until I trust myself to pedal fast enough.  They say once you learn, you never forget, but I’m rusty I suppose.

God wants us to meet Him at the point of people’s need.  He cares about them, and He wants me to.  Not to only trust him to be God, but to use whatever energy and grace He gives to meet Him there.  I love the phrase used in v16,  “the strong and sleek”.   That’s what I want to be…I want to be a “strong and sleek” minister along with you. 

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  • 1. mandy  |  April 15, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    i spent five years in a “hospital for souls” before moving to seminary with my husband.
    those “nurses” turned my holy crawl into a walk.

    keep it up……….

  • 2. gchyayles  |  April 15, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Praise God that He equips us with the neccessary tools to do that very thing we find almost impossible to do. You are His arms in that much needed hug, His mouth during the much need words of comfort, His strength during the need for prayer and support. Praise God for you! The enemy wants you to be weary and I know how hard that can be when you have been assigned [by God] to a particular ministry but you have been called according to His purpose and therefore, He will continue to use you to bless others and in turn you will surely be blessed by Him, Amen! Stay strong my wonderful sister in the Lord–God is not through with you yet 🙂 XOX

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