DayBreaks for 6/20/16 – The Blink of an Eye

DayBreaks for 6/20/16 – The Blink of an Eye

From the DayBreaks archive, June 2006:

1 Corinthians 15:50-53 (NLT) – What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These perishable bodies of ours are not able to live forever.  But let me tell you a wonderful secret God has revealed to us. Not all of us will die, but we will all be transformed.  It will happen in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, the Christians who have died will be raised with transformed bodies. And then we who are living will betransformed so that we will never die.  For our perishable earthly bodies must be transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die.

The amount of misery in a children’s hospital is breathtaking.  As much as the children may be suffering, it is a valid question to ponder whether they, or their parents, have the worst of it.  Listening to the stories of people from Louisiana who came for a heart operation for their child (83 days ago now, and counting) are heart-rending.  The details are sketchy to me for the conversation was brief, but suffice it to say that after 3 open heart surgeries, they are only now back to where they started.  They will be sent home with their little one, back to Louisiana, so he can recuperate and get enough strength to try it yet again.  The surgery that was intended to heal the little one didn’t – something went dreadfully wrong and he couldn’t “tolerate” what was done, so they had to open his chest again and undo the very thing that he came here for – and with it, the hopes of the parents were put on agonizing hold. 

Another family is present here who have four children.  Three of them were born with some deficiency in their liver that causes it to not produce a single enzyme that is necessary for them to live a normal lifespan. Right now, the only hope is a liver transplant.  One child has already had it, the other 2 will need it.  Genetic screening has since revealed that their parents carried “defective” genes and that there was only a 25% chance that any child would have this problem.  That 25% chance spiraled upward so far that 3 of the 4 children, including a baby born in February, are afflicted and face uncertain futures.  And the parents had no idea about all this until just before the fourth one was born – the disease often doesn’t manifest itself until a child is 10-15 years of age. 

As I sit here by the window at the hospital I am dumbstruck by both the suffering I see and have heard about, but also by the hope that rings in the voices of these parents.  And I think to myself, “What can ever stop this?”  And at that moment, I think I hear, far away and distant – as far away as heaven itself – the sound of someone warming up to play the trumpet.  And I am reminded that indeed, it is true that the day will come when there will be no more bad hearts, no more failing livers or lungs, no more widows or orphans.  It takes a power that only One who is truly God possesses to make such a thing a reality.  But it will come.  Most certainly.  Wouldn’t some trumpet music be great about right now?

Revelation 6:10-11 (NIV) – They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”  Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer…

PRAYER:  Father, the waiting is hard.  It’s not that we doubt Your promise, it’s that we question Your timing because we can’t understand Your working.  I thank You that You possess the power and the will to fix all this in a fraction of a second by a single thought. May that day be today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2016, Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

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DayBreaks for 10/28/11 – Plugging In to the Power

DayBreaks for 10/28/11 – Plugging In To the Power

Luke 8:42-48 – “As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.  45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked.  When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”  47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. 48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.

Consider the elements of this story:

FIRST: the woman had to recognize and admit her need for sickness.

SECOND: she had no power in her to heal herself – and to date, no power she’d found outside of her was able to heal her, either.

THIRD: she had the determination to take action.  She wasn’t content to sit and see what the future held.

FOURTH: she had to overcome her own shame when Jesus pressed the question, “Who touched me?”  She had to explain why she had done what she did.

All of the above things are true, but the key is that there was no power in Jesus’ robe.  The robe only had power because it was in contact with Jesus, the source of all power!  It is much like a lamp in a way – the lamp itself has no power to bring light.  Neither does the cord have the power to bring light.  The cord has to be in contact with the electrical outlet which in turn has to be connected to the power grid in order for the light bulb to light up.  What is the message here?  Simply this: that if there is to be healing from the things that plague us, we, too, need to be in contact with Jesus.

Each of us is broken and bleeding inside.  But we have to face that fact before we will go looking for a cure.  We can try all kinds of solutions to our problems – to no avail.  Why?  Because all those doctors and psychiatrists and psychologists and self-help books that leave God out of the picture just simply aren’t connected to the Source of power.  Those people and sources can be helpful, but they can’t fix what is deeply twisted and wrong with the human condition.  Each of us needs to risk the shame of admitting to our disease “in the presence of all the people” and Jesus will pronounce peace over us.

Are you in contact with the Source of eternal, everlasting power?  Plug in to the Power – reach out and touch the Power of God – and you will find the just as this woman was healed by her act of faith, that you will be, too.

PRAYER: We are so weak and frail, Father.  We can do nothing without you.  Help us to find the healing power of Jesus and to stay connected to him at all times!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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