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Monday, 03 November 2014 17:39

Throw It in Reverse

Written by  Kim Hendrix
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Mark 10:49: “When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to

come here.”

 

Mark 12:30: “At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him.  He turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?”

 

When is the last time you decided to throw it in reverse?  You immediately think of driving, right, but this time I’m talking about throwing it in reverse in your service to the Lord...in sharing His love. 

A friend of mine who suddenly lost everything a few years ago—her job, home and savings—shared with me a remarkable story of service when she was at her lowest point.  She had gone downstairs from her tiny efficiency apartment to get her paper and when it landed at her feet she yelled out, “At least one thing has gone right in my life; this is the only thing I can count on!”  She said the brake lights appeared on the car that had just delivered her paper, it rolled in reverse back to her, and the driver looked out the window and said, “Ma’am, is everything okay?”  To that she broke down into tears and shared everything, and as she put it, we then had church every morning on my street corner.  She noticed over the next few weeks, no matter what time she came downstairs, her paper delivery man was sitting in his car waiting to get out, hand deliver the paper and “have church”...to listen and encourage his new friend.  This gentleman allowed an interruption in his routine, his busy schedule, day after day, to minister to someone in need. 

 

Jesus did this many times in the Bible.  “He stopped” when he heard the poor blind beggar calling out “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  This was at a time when Jesus and his disciples were on the move, leaving Jericho heading toward Jerusalem. They had things to do, people to see.  Even the crowd that had gathered told the beggar to hush and show some respect to this busy man, Jesus.  But as Scripture tells us, when Jesus heard the man cry out, he stopped and asked the man, “What do you want me to do?”  “Teacher, let me see?”  “Go, your faith has healed you.”  Immediately the man could see and he followed Jesus.  How many times have you hurried your way through church in the name of ministry or in an effort to make it to the restaurant for lunch, often passing by someone who is crying out—silently or with a simple look—and your spirit senses a need. But do we stop and throw it in reverse?

 

In Mark 12:30, we see Jesus turn around and ask, “Who touched my clothes?” It was when a woman who had been sick for 12 years touched the fringe of his robe knowing she would be healed.  Jesus didn’t have to turn around; he already knew exactly what happened and who had touched his robe. But as we see in Mark 12:34, Jesus found the woman and said, “Daughter, your faith has healed you, go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”  Jesus turned around when he didn’t have to.  He turned around to  teach her, “your faith has healed you” and to bless her, “now go in peace, free of suffering.”  Another interruption, another moment of healing.

 

Loving like Jesus loves means no matter how busy your schedule gets, you say, “Here am I Lord, send me.”  I love these words from Isaiah when he had seen the glory of God in a whole new way and was cleansed.

 

 

Isaiah 6:8: “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send and who will go for us? And I said, Here am I, Send me!’” 

 

 

I have to imagine Isaiah was jumping up and down with great enthusiasm.  I pray for that reaction, desire and determination to be God’s vessel.

 

A sweet friend who will soon be 80 years old told me recently her daily prayer is, “Hey, Lord, I’m available. You know all that stuff I used to do, I can’t really do all of that anymore, but I’m available. Where do you need me?”  In other words, “Here am I, send me!”

 

When you throw it in reverse to share God’s love, you’re actually moving forward at a strong, steady pace.  We can all get so busy, even with good intentions, that we miss opportunities to share His love and hope. When is the last time you decided to throw it in reverse?   

 

 

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for loving us enough to always throw it in reverse when we cry out to you.  May we love like you love, and take the time to hear others crying out for you.  May we be your vessel that eagerly answers with here am I, send me!  Open our eyes, ears and hearts to the need around us and flood us with your strength, provisions and love.  In the mighty name of your son, Jesus Christ, we pray.  Amen.                           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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