"Where are the rest?"
Although the word rest conjures up relaxation, refreshment, and all other re- words, I chose to go in a different direction.
Luke tells the story of ten lepers. Nine of them are healed but do not acknowledge the healing as they travel. One turns back after he realizes his healing to THANK Jesus for healing him.
"11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
In my memory, Jesus asks, "Where are the rest?"
How well written a tale of our human hearts. Many times we are "the rest", but we can change that. We don't have to be "like the rest of them". We can be set apart. Different. Thankful.
Oh sisters (and brothers), how weary the internet has made me in the past few weeks. So much pain in Florida. For so many families. Some lost adults, some lost children, and so many uninvolved people have made it their business to continue to shout across the internet about it.
Instead, can we "give it a rest" and pray? I'm super excited to be traveling to our State Capitol next week to attend Franklin Graham's Decision America Tour. He's going to be at EVERY State Capitol this year to encourage the people to pray. I'm bringing my three girls. No, it's not going to be easy. It's at noon, which is a minimum 4 hours plus stops and we plan to leave by 6am. They are currently 4, 7, and 8. We will have stops. Guaranteed.
But, I don't want to be like the rest. I want to be pursuing Christ the way He pursues me. I want to be a follower, not a fan. And, Billy Graham isn't traveling anymore. I have never had a chance to pray with a Graham, but I want to give my girls that chance.
I'd love for you to pray with us Tuesday at noon (Pacific). That means 1pm, 2pm, 3pm for the rest of you State-side friends.
"The Lord was moved by prayer for the land" (2 Samuel 24:25, NASB).
Daniel, his friends, all were "not like the rest". They chose to pray, they chose to take a stand.
What about you?
P.S. please leave your FMF linkup # or url for me, I can't find you otherwise! :)