This morning, wow, Isaiah 11:1-5 gave me a fresh incredible renewed hope after hearing of devastating circumstances this past weekend.
"Out of the stump of David's family will grow a shoot--yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root. And the Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him--the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. He will delight in obeying the Lord. He will never judge by appearance, false evidence, or hearsay. He will defend the poor and the exploited. He will rule against the wicked and destroy them with the breath of his mouth. He will be clothed in fairness and truth."
This is EXACTLY what I needed to be reminded of this morning. Allow me to share my most recent journey with you.
A number of us women have just finished up a study called Nurture by Lisa Bevere. In the last couple of lessons, she challenged us to allow God to birth a wail in us...what does it mean to wail? to have a deep resounding wail from the depths of your being? I pondered this as we watched her 2nd last video in the series as she shared a couple of instances she'd experienced where a wail rose up from the depths of her soul and she just cried out. Sure, I've been very moved by many things and shed tears over horrible things...but to wail? I asked God if I've ever had a wail? I believe I've had many small wails but never too extravagant that just knocked the breath out of me and affected me to move to great action.
This past weekend, God gave me a wail...and it was not expected and it has knocked the breath out of me. Actually He gave me a bit of a wail a couple weeks ago as well. I will start with that one. I had to miss the service one morning at church and knew we were having a couple of special guest singers that morning. I soooo wanted to hear them sing, so I snuck out of Sunday School class while the video was on to slip in the back door of the sanctuary. I was instantly struck by the beautiful music of the song "O Happy Day, happy day, He washed my sins away...Oh Happy Day!" What an incredible song!! But then my chest was slammed by a deadness...maybe not just my church but for many believers. Tears instantly came out as I cried over the deadness, the lack of life & expression in the life of His people! I wanted to dance along the aisles and cry out "People, it's beautiful music, and it's such a happy day....HE WASHED OUR SINS AWAY!" Do we get it????? Do we really get it? Why would we not dance if we got it? Then that song was followed by one of my favorites by David Crowder "Oh How He Loves Us, oh how He loves us...oooooh, how He loves us!"
So that was the 1st wail I experienced a couple of weeks ago....the 2nd happened this past weekend. Our pastor had his men's prayer breakfast again this past Friday, it happens each Friday. Ladies also gather for Bible study on Friday mornings as well and we had just completed our final wrap up brunch. I sat with the pastor in the office as he shared about the speaker from breakfast that morning. Rick from Hands on Ministries in our city was there. He was sharing about the horrifying number of 250 teen girls under the age of 16 who work on the streets as prostitutes. Call it prositution if you want...but many times it's rape, just plain horrifying, ugly rape! At that young age people? These girls are willingly giving their bodies over and over again, night after night, bringing in $5,000 each month for their pimp! Tears poured out of my eyes. He told me stories of 14 & 15 year old girls and the horror they were experiencing and I cried. I have 2 girls that age and I cannot imagine that for them. I called my husband at work and poured out my heart and we cried together on the phone. We spoke about it more that evening and Roger made a couple of calls to others who had been at the breakfast that morning as he had missed being there that morning...and now he was so sorry that he had missed it....BUT God still grabbed his heart with this.
We are being called to AWAKEN, ARISE, ATIRE, have His ATTITUDE and heart, be an ASSET, to APPROACH Him with boldness and to ASK and be willing to ACT after He gives us the answer. Lord, I want to follow as You lead.