|by Donna Arkell|
Waiting for the Commission – Lord Send Me
The shopping cart goes flying as the wind gusts and it crashes into an unsuspecting vehicle. Why doesn’t someone put those away? Trash-lined sidewalk renders the scene unkempt. Why doesn’t someone tend to that? Windblown hair in a ragamuffin’s face, chocolate milk staining the corner of an adolescent mouth in a village with no name, a town around the corner, a family down the street. Why doesn’t someone care? Slow and aged, struggling with too many packages, counting change in the check out line. Why doesn’t someone help?
On bended knee we take our pose – face to the ground in submission to the author of our calling. Life’s not fair, we cry in despair only to be reminded that the promise did not include fairness or ease. Heal me Lord, we shout with vigor; change my heart we plead as we go our own way once again, ignoring the very thing that brings the change. Blinded eyes fail to see, ears refuse to hear, and hearts, calloused and hardened by selfishness stand face to face with God unable to understand.
Inadequate, we stare, we wait. Row upon row we sit in comfort as the word comes forth and rolls over us, seeking a heart softened by the Spirit’s gentle nudge. The story told, the commission presented, the need evident. Who will help? Who will serve? Who will go?
With sweaty palms and pounding heart, the light of understanding dawns, the callous softens and we whisper in a voice unrecognizable, as the seed of obedience takes root… “send me”. Send Me! In the answer of obedience our hearts turn, our eyes open, our ears hear and the light of God’s presence brings healing.
Our series on Waiting Rooms concludes this Friday. Our online devotions resume on June 3rd.
In the meantime...
Join us at Hope on Mondays, April 8 & 15 at 6:30pm or Wednesdays April 10 & 17 at 9:30am for a life changing message from Beth Moore on "The Power of Words."
You are also invited to join our new Women's Sunday School class meeting in Room 223 beginning on April 21 at 9:30am as we study Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break, by Kelly Minter.