“The Lord says, “At that time, I will gather the crippled; I will bring together those who were sent away, those whom I caused to have trouble. I will keep alive those who were crippled, and I will make a strong nation of those who were sent away. The Lord will be their king in Mount Zion from now on and forever.”
Micah 4:6-7, NCV
Thinking about the Thorton Wilder play, “The Angel that Troubled the Waters”. The play is based on the biblical verses of John 5:1-4. In this play the angel meets a physician waiting for a miracle by the pool.
After a protracted conversation, the angel makes a challenge to the desperate doctor;
“Without your wound where would your power be? It is your very sadness that makes your low voice tremble into the hearts of men. The very angels themselves cannot persuade the wretched and blundering children on earth as can one human being broken on the wheels of living. In Love’s service only the wounded soldiers can serve.”
The Prophet Micah’s simple, thoughtful prophecy reveals a point that is singularly significant. For those of us who have been abused, and marginalized, now we have become accepted. Being an outcast, from ‘decent society’, has now at this moment become the ticket to a life in the very center of God’s will.
Our past is no longer a significant problem.
His Holy Spirit moves us out of our gross ugliness. He then places us out where we now become visible witnesses. This spotlight focuses on us, and we stand confused and exposed. We may protest over being ‘outed’ like this, but this is what He wants. “He desires truth in the inmost parts.” He has redeemed us, and we’ll never be the same. Never!
God loves losers. He steps in and with His special agenda, starts looking for all of us who are failures. In His heart, He pulls us together into His army of misfits. If you are wonderful and complete in your self, and oh so confident in your spiritual life– I am sorry, you haven’t been invited. Micah, hits the nail on its head. Sinners enter where “righteous saints” are left standing outside.
Those of us, who have stumbled so frequently and so often, we are escorted into the incredible deepness of His presence. We have failed, and we have been defeated. We don’t belong here, holiness is not our element. But we will stand, for we know our place. He intends on transforming us into His gallant army.
“It’s not about perfection; it’s about our intimacy with God, or our connection, our relationship with God. Once we get through that, once we realize that we can be imperfect, and flawed, and broken; It is these kinds of things are the ingredients of true spirituality.”
There are so many who are waiting to understand all of this. Being consummate losers should make us people with a deep grace. Because we are tender, we can call out to others to come and join the “spiritual loser club.”
Check out the BB post–“Without a Wound?” http://wp.me/PCyDN-bB