“Give thanks to the Lord because he is good, because his faithful love lasts forever!” That’s what those who are redeemed by the Lord say, the ones God redeemed from the power of their enemies, the ones God gathered from various countries, from east and west, north and south. Some of the redeemed had wandered into the desert, into the wasteland. They couldn’t find their way to a city or town. They were hungry and thirsty; their lives were slipping away. So they cried out to the Lord in their distress,
and God delivered them from their desperate circumstances. Psalm 107:1-6 CEB
Do you have powerful enemies? Do you experience life as exile, banishment, wandering in a desert, and living in a wasteland? Are you lost, afraid you can’t find your way back home – and if, on the outside chance you do, no one will let you in the house if you knock? Do you hunger, thirst, crave things that aren’t good for you? Is life slipping away?
Here’s what others who have gone before us have done: They cried out to the Lord in their distress.
And guess what? God delivered them from their desperate circumstances.
Today, cry out. Beg. Plead. Grovel. And if God chooses to act on your behalf (because God is love whether we deserve it and believe it or not), if we find that eventually we are redeemed (our faults and mistakes atoned for…), THEN do this:
- Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good, because his faithful love lasts forever!
How might we give thanks? Well, last month, when we moved into our space, a member of our community who was once lost but ended up redeemed – in spite of his best efforts to NOT be redeemed – washed all our windows at our new location so that others might see.
And another guy, who has just started a new job and isn’t even going to be employed on our team in our community any longer…well, he did a LOT of the heavy lifting, bringing chairs, tables, file cabinets, armoires, sofas and assorted materials to the new site on his trailer.
And another friend got busy at her computer sending out ideas for yummy wall colors (even as I type I hear her sanding walls in preparation for new peppy paint). Why? Because God is love and so is she. No beige for our community…we live in color.
Someone else brought dinner, so that others can work up until the last minute before classes launch on the second night in the new place. Tables and chairs appeared out of sheds and storage so some might sit.
And yes, someone else cleaned up the most disgusting refrigerator you have ever seen…and redeemed it. Made it new. (We wanted to throw it away, but in the end, we loved.)
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. AESOP