DayBreaks for 11/29/19: It Is for Us
A real woman named Joy teaches underprivileged children in an inner city church. Her class is a lively group of 9-yr-olds who love life and aren’t in the least afraid of God. But there is an exception – a timid, withdrawn girl named Barbara.
Her difficult home life had left her afraid and insecure. For the weeks that Joy was teaching the class, Barbara never said a word. Not once. The other kids sang, talked, giggled and laughed. Not Barbara. She was silent. Always there, always listening, always speechless.
Then one day Joy taught a lesson about heaven. Joy talked about seeing God and about eyes that would never fill with tears and lives that would never come to an end. Barbara sat fascinated, never taking her eyes off Joy. She listened hungrily, taking it all in. Then she raised her hand, and in her tiny voice said, “Mrs. Joy?” Joy almost fell over. Barbara had never said anything. “Yes, Barbara?” Then little Barbara let it out: “Is heaven for girls like me?”
Oh, I would have loved to see Jesus’ face when this little girl’s tiny question reached his ears!!! This was like a desperate prayer that a good God somewhere in heaven would remember a forgotten soul somewhere on earth. It was a hope that God’s grace would seep into the cracks of Barbara’s life and bathe her in the grace the church and her family had failed to give her. It was a voice wondering if this God could take a life that no one else could use or seemed to want, and to use it as nobody else could. It was a plea for God to do what He does best: to take the ordinary and dull and unspectacular and make it sparkle and shine and be supernaturally extraordinary and special. It’s hoping that what God did when he parted the Red Sea would happen again, that God who used a stone to drop the giant Goliath, or that he who could turn the water into the finest wine could take little Barbara and see her safely to heaven. Would the God who fed 5000 with a boy’s box lunch do something for her? Would he take three spikes and a wooden beam and make them the hope of all humanity – including Barbara? Would God take this rejected little girl and make her feel precious? (Adapted from Max Lucado’s Cast of Characters)
The answer to those questions are all answered: “Yes!” God would and did do something for this little girl who so desperately wanted God’s heaven. “Yes!” God did take 3 nails and a wooden cross and instead of a monument to bloody and excruciating death make them into a symbol of life cleansed and set free. “Yes!” God can take this little girl, and thousands like her – male and female alike – and whisper into their ear who very precious they are.
One more: “Yes!” No matter what your home life has been like, no matter how difficult your life experience may be – God answers, “Yes! Heaven is a place for people JUST LIKE YOU!”
Won’t you accept the gift He offers you? It’s free for the taking.
PRAYER: Thank You for making heaven a place for people like us – sinners all, redeemed ONLY by the blood of the Lamb! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
PRAYER: Jesus, we long to live surrounded eternally by your Light. Give us strength to persevere in this world that is often so dark. We give you thanks this day for the glorious future that you have guaranteed to us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>