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Levi’s Song

I want to tell you a story, the story of Levi, a child who is broken, confused and searching for love and acceptance.

Yesterday, on my way home from a visit to my spiritual son’s home, I stopped on the way to get some ice cream.  As I drove up to the call box, I gave my order to the voice on the other end.  As I approached the window to receive my order, a very young teen boy was there.  He had some piercings and was wearing a black shirt.  He had a wonderfully soft face, yet I saw and heard hurt and wounds in his soul, and that is what came from his mouth.

Levi had lived in another state, I would suppose with his mother, and in a small town.  I know what it is like to live in a small town, the town I grew up near was only 500 people and the critical, judgmental spirit was strong.  Everyone knew everyone’s business.  In fact, at that time we had a party line, so “snooping” was easy.  It seems that Levi had moved to our state to live with his Dad.

I mentioned to him where I lived, which is a big metro area, and that opened a door for our conversation to begin.  Perhaps it should be said that I am a grandma and maybe that is why he opened up to me, or it could be many other reasons, but once the door opened Levi’s thoughts and feelings came pouring out.

Where Levi used to live, people would condemn him for how he looked and how he dressed.  He said that he used to have long hair and dyed it black.  My guess is that he liked the Gothic look.  People in his old town would tell him to kill himself;  he said they should just get to know him and then judge, that he was a nice person.

How often do we “judge a book by its cover”?  Are we not all guilty of this in one way or another?  Yet, there is only one judge who is right 100% of the time and that is God, the righteous judge.  Scripture says that man looks at the outside but God looks at the heart.

The sad thing about Levi’s song is that he is singing and no one appears to be listening.

He told me in response to my statement that God loves him, that he did not believe in God, because he used to go to church and pray to God and He never answered.  Do I understand?  Oh yes, I have felt that way in the past.

The saddest thing is that God is singing over Levi, but he can’t hear it.  The Bible says that God sings over us, rejoices in us and rests in His love for us.  This is recorded in Zephaniah 3:17, the old covenant, the law and the prophets, through the blood of animals.  Today we have a better covenant based upon better promises and this is through the blood of Jesus, God’s Son, which was shed for us, if we will but receive it and Him for ourselves…but if you have never heard this good news, you will walk in the darkness of your soul instead of the light of God’s love for you.

God is not dead!  Nor is He on vacation or asleep.  He is actively pursuing people, sending messengers to those who are searching for Him, to those who don’t know that He is the only one who will satisfy the longing they have, He is the only one who accepts us as we are and still invites us to grow.

We are not robots, God gave us a will so that we can choose our path in life.  His desire is that we come to know Him and love Him enough to trust Him and follow where He leads.  Jesus is the Good Shepherd, this cannot be said of many under-shepherds of today.  Many of them fleece the flock, taking their wool and leaving them naked and alone, making them slaves to their “ministry”.  God is not like them.

Levi has an aunt who cares about him and has been sharing with him some God thoughts.  This was a great encouragement to me as he told me that he has had suicidal thoughts.  Mankind has an enemy and he is God’s enemy.  His avowed purpose is to steal, kill and destroy; he is doing exactly that right now, seemingly without interference.

But, this I know.  God is patient, kind and long-suffering.  He takes no pleasure in the harm His enemy afflicts people with, however, He has given the earth to man-kind and by His own decree will not violate the will of a man.  You can choose to go into the Kingdom of God through the blood of Jesus or you can choose the kingdom of darkness through the enemy of God.  He will let you do what you want to do.

Recently, I have been seeing the word HOPE everywhere, perhaps because it seems so hopeless in the world of men.  If we only listen to the news, the media output, it is easy to be hopeless.  But God…….   God has a plan and that plan has been, is and will be fulfilled.  Man cannot alter that plan, but rather, everything, every choice that man makes will be used by God for the good of those who love Him, and for fulfillment of  God’s  plan.

It is sin, rebellion against God, that causes the misery and heartache in the world.  Divorce produces broken children, most of the time.  More often than not, divorce is caused by self-centeredness, and children are the ones that suffer, in one way or another.  I believe that is what happened to Levi.

How many Levi’s are there?  How many wounded people go on to hurt and wound others?  Someone said that most of the people in prison come from broken homes.  I don’t know, but I would not be surprised.

Every human being wants to be loved and accepted, whether they know it or not, God created us that way.  If we can’t get it from God or other people we will find a way to get it somewhere; very often that is why people will get a pet.  The unconditional love of a dog has comforted many people.  Some people turn to food, alcohol, illicit sex, drugs, money, religion, cigarettes etc., for the comfort they need, we seek something to fill that void inside.

The problem is:  The Holy Spirit of God is the only one that will fit in that void, everything else is a temporary fix.  But, you won’t know that until you have had the experience.

Well dear reader, I encourage you to not be afraid, uncomforted and lonely, for your help is found in relationship with your creator.  He loves you with an unending love.

I pray that God will help Levi find Him, finding him.  God bless your day!

Joy

Gifted Receivers and Needy Givers

Yesterday I had lunch with my favorite niece.  Even though she and I do not see each other often because we both lead busy lives, each time we get together is a real joy.  We come away with excitement and thanksgiving to the Lord for our relationship and what God is doing in each of us.

We spoke of many things, but mostly it was about the family…hers, mine and ours, catching up on what we all have been doing.  It is wonderful to be a friend with a family member.

I have also been blessed to be the older woman in her life and have taught her the ways of the Lord. Our time of discipleship before her marriage was a three-year period in which God prepared her.  She is married and has six beautiful children.  What a blessing!

Our pastor chided the congregation yesterday that we must bring the good news to the market place.  I desire to do so, though being introverted by nature this is not an easy thing for me. However, yesterday at the restaurant I took the opportunity to do so.

My niece and I had a very attentive older woman wait on us and it seemed quite natural to speak to her about faith.  In keeping with what pastor said, I asked her some questions regarding her country of origin, which was Bangladesh, and a short conversation went on from there.

She and her husband came to America because a large company in New York employed her to sing, although she didn’t seem to want to talk about it further.  She told us that when 911 happened they became frightened and moved to our state to get away.

I wonder how many others ran away in fear of more terrorist attacks?  I was in New York a few days after the 911 attack and I talked with some that were intent on leaving.  In fact one lady had her car and her children packed up and was putting gas in her car to leave that day.  How far is far enough to avoid terror, anxiety or fear?

I asked our waitress what her religion was, she answered that she was Muslim, but that there were many religions in her country.  She emphasized that there was only one God over them all.  She loved to pray, she said, and she wanted us to understand that the terrorists do not represent Muslims.  She further stated that nowhere in the Quaran does it say that violence is acceptable.

I told her that we Christians do not believe that there is only one god or that our God is the same as theirs.  I told her that we believe that a person must be born-again, as the Bible says. We talked of Jesus and she told us that she believes he is a prophet.  I said we believe that He is the Son of God, the Savior of all who come to Him.

She then alluded to denominations in Christianity.  I explained a little to her, but she began to get nervous and ended the conversation.  I pray that she will come to know the one true God, the creator of Heaven and Earth and His Son, Jesus, for true peace can only be found in Him.

How many stories are there?  How many people who are scared and running from something?  How many wrapped up in a religion that, in the end, will not profit them?  And, all the while the truth can be known to anyone who will search it out.

God has not made people to be robots.  Each of us has been given a mind with which we think and examine concepts and ideas, this was a great risk on His part, because then we could choose to rebel against Him.  Many thousands of people have done just that.

In the devotional book, “Jesus Calling”, by Sarah Young, Page 116, the devotion for April 21st, Jesus says,  “Though My blood has fully redeemed you, your mind is the last bastion of rebellion.”  How true that is!

I heard this statement many years ago:  “You cannot keep the birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from making a nest in your hair.”  We are responsible for what we allow to “bed down” in our mind.  Not every thought we think is from ourselves, not every thought is a God-thought, some thoughts are sourced from the enemy of our soul with the devious purpose to deceive us.  We must know who is speaking to us.

For years of my life I heard many voices.  I did not know any better than to listen to what I heard, after all it sounded like my voice.  Thank God for an older woman of God sent to help me.  For three years this dear saint taught me, disciplined me, trained me and prayed for me.  I would not be where I am today had that not happened.  I have taken great joy in passing this blessing on to others.

It matters what we hear, but it matters more what we entertain or meditate on, because thinking becomes actions and actions make character and character makes a life.  Life lived for self, will always end in disaster, does not fit the mold.  Each of us was created by God to be “Sons of God” and any other pattern will not work.  How often we accept the deviant as the norm, when nothing could be further from the truth.

Know this, dear reader, God loves you, you are each His special creation as it is recorded in Psalm 139 verses 13-16.  Verse 16 tells us that God watches over every conception and the growth of the child in the womb.  Their spirits come from Him who created them and sent them, this is why abortion hurts the heart of God.  Each child is a gift and He is wounded when those gifts are returned to Him.

Oh, if only we could or would see from His point of view!

My mentor told me that  “We are all gifted receivers and we are all needy givers.”  It took awhile before I could grasp the full meaning of this statement, but I have come to believe it.

Bottom line:  No human being, save one, is perfect.  We are all flawed because we are all sinners by the fall of our first parents in Eden.  We all sin and fall short of the mark of perfection, which is the holiness of God.

Thank God we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous!  To Him we can come with all of our short-comings and failures.  He stands in the gap between the judgment we deserve and the holiness we fall short of, He is our Savior, He is the bridge over which we can come to God and be accepted.

Thank God for Jesus!  Thank God for the cross, where He paid a price He did not owe because we owed a price we could not pay.

Blessings to you!

Joy