UNFINISHED LIFE ENDS ON A SNOWY STREET CORNER
After the Pastor is gone, they break out the weed and the brew. Another young unfinished life bites the dust, and life goes on. After more than 15 years of street ministry, I'm sad that it still happens. I hurt for guys who are dead or in jail. Wasted lives, unfinished lives, wasted potential; it almost seems like love was never known in a murdered young man.
On the first day of this 21 Day Fast, God gave me a two dreams. Both included burning buildings. In the first one, a barn that I used to own was on fire and many young people whom I had known were climbing out of the roof that ws engulfed in flames. I felt sad and disappointed. Why couldn't I reach them to save them. They made wrong choices, but I still felt bad. In the second dream, I was holding a fire extinguisher and easily putting out small fires on ceiling fixtures in what appeared to be a large warehouse type of building.
I believe God has given me some insight as to the meaning of the dreams and will eventually give me clarity. What is unfinished in your life? If you were to die today, what would be left behind that should be finished?
DAY TEN WORD
Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. Their love and their hate and their envy have already perished, and forever they have no more share in all that is done under the sun.
Psalm 146:4 "When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish."
Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 The Message
"Still, anyone selected out for life has hope, for, as they say, “A living dog is better than a dead lion.” The living at least know something, even if it’s only that they’re going to die. But the dead know nothing and get nothing. They’re a minus that no one remembers. Their loves, their hates, yes, even their dreams, are long gone. There’s not a trace of them left in the affairs of this earth."
DAY TEN PRAYER
DAY TEN DEEP THOUGHTS
"It is finished." Those words seem fine for Jesus, but they don't seem to provide any understanding for the rest of us. Maybe they are words for a yet appointed time, but that's of little comfort in this moment. Someday, most likely in heaven, all things that worked together for good will be understood. Until then there is only hope in the future.
"It is finished." Some people carry a greater brokenness than others. They come from a lineage of brokenness. That's a Christ-like legacy. The greater the brokenness, the greater the potential for a greater capacity to love. The greatest leaders in God's kingdom are those who have suffered the most. They have learned to love mercy, treat others with compassion and walk humbly.
"It is finished" are words of wisdom that provide understanding for the last who will become first. Enduring pain is the perseverance root that grows into compassion. Your pain is a seed that will take several painful seasons to germinate. I'm asking Jesus right now to kneel before you as He holds your hearts in His hands. I pray that he whispers to your hearts, "I'm holding you and I won't let you sink any deeper. My love is sufficient for you. Someday you'll understand, but for now, just believe that I feel all your pain and you are not alone."
"It is finished." I don't believe those are the words that Jesus would have preferred for His "end of life" script. The day before His death, He asked God to take away the cup of suffering, but then He added, "Not my will, but Your will be done." There are many times in life that we would gladly take away the cup of suffering from someone we love or even a stranger. God doesn't work that way, He gives a crown of beauty for ashes. He let's the sun set before He allows the sun to rise.