Tuesday, 29 May 2018

BETTER DO IT YOURSELF

 
 Struck by the constant news of suffering, poverty and ill health in Africa, Kerry and three of her mates decided that they should to something to help make a difference.  
   A national charity was holding a postcard campaign to petition the government to help the crisis. This would be  the perfect opportunity to raise awareness in the school and do something productive at the same time. The four friends got together to divide up jobs and plain the events.
    Kerry would contact the charity and get info, postercards, Mark would speak to head teacher and ask permission to speak in assemblies, hand out postcards around the school over the week. Dave would contact the local press to let the community know what was happening at the school and why.
   With a week to go, Mark called Kerry and said he hadn't had time to speak to the head. Next was Dave -he hadn't called the paper and no surprise to Kerry , it soon came to light that Siobhan hadn't fulfilled her part of the bargain either.
   Kerry had only been trying to do a good thing - putting herself out to make a difference and her mates had just let her down, one by one. Why did no one else care? Frustration, betrayal, anger, but most of all, a total sense of loneliness came over Kerry as she struggled to work out what on earth to do now.
   Take a look at 1Kings 19:11-18 “And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.” And the Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus. And when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael to be king over Syria. And Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint to be king over Israel, and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint to be prophet in your place. And the one who escapes from the sword of Hazael shall Jehu put to death, and the one who escapes from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha put to death.Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

Questions To Consider
  • Compare Kerry with Elijah. Why do you think Elijah felt down alone?
  • God comforted Elijah -not with big show of awesome power, but with a quiet, gentle sound. How often do you think of God as close and comforting?




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