I peeked early this morning. I went on my hubs’ computer and pulled up Kate’s website – I only looked at the header and saw today’s word! I didn’t scroll down the page, just a word-peek, promise. Then, I had coffee with hubster, started laundry, did my morning reading, and cleaned the toilet – that’s when my mind began stirring – RISE!
aRISE, shine, for The Light has come.
In the mornings when I RISE ♫ just give me Jesus!
I thought of all the great paths this post could take and then I remembered my friend, Nehemiah. I’ve been hanging out in his construction camp for a few weeks now – he’s a builder you know. My kind of guy – I believe his love language is acts of service and quality time, just like mine. Because you see, he ROSE to meet the challenge…but wait, let’s set the timer!
Shallum, leader of half the district of Jerusalem; he and his daughters made repairs. Nehemiah 3.12
Someone asked me the other day if I ever ran out of ideas for blog posts – I said to her, “As long as I have the Word, I have things to say!” The Word of God is so darn relevant for TODAY! Our brother, Nehemiah, worked for the king over in Susa toward the end of the Babylonian captivity – he was the king’s cupbearer. You know what that means? Before the king drank anything, Nehemiah tasted it first to make sure it wasn’t intended to poison the king. So, yes they were pretty tight. If you’re drinking out of the same mug as the king, you probably get to talk to one another a lot and because history tells us the cupbearer was a tactful companion to the king and offered informal counsel and enjoyed the king’s confidence. [Jack W. Hayford, the Spirit-Filled Life Bible]
Nehemiah was a Jew in captivity who had found great favor and ROSE to his position in the palace. His friend, from Judah, visited him and told him that the walls around Jerusalem were broken down and the gates were burned with fire. Nehemiah prayed and fasted, went before the king and got permission (he found favor) to go home. He found the great city just as his friend had warned him, as he secretly inspected the entire wall. Then Nehemiah went to the Jews, the priests, the nobles, the officials and said to them, “You have seen the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies in waste. Come, let us build the wall of the city so we will no longer be a reproach.” Nehemiah continued to speak and shared how God had been so good to him and how God had allowed him to find such favor with the king. Now, this group of people said…
“Let us RISE up and build.” Then they set their hands to this GOOD WORK. Nehemiah 2.18
Stop. But, I am going to finish here:
This book in the Old Testament is rich – the prayers prayed, the work done, the people uniting to a great cause and accomplishing a huge task. It reminds me of the phenomenal work that was done this week for the refugees in Iraq. Our sisters, Ann Voskamp and Lynne Hybels, put on their brave shoes and went into Iraq, 20 miles from ISIS, to a refugee camp and saw such human suffering and need they were both moved to compassion to make a change. They returned home and with the Preemptive Love Coalition partnered to do “something” and “do something” they did! One-half million dollars has been raised this week to change the lives of these precious refugee women and children. All because a small group of women and men, through the enormity of power in social media, banded together and said,
Let us RISE up and build. And, they set their hands to this good work.
Oh my, what a mighty God we serve!