Imagine a newborn baby girl who, immediately upon her birth, is cast out into an open field. The umbilical cord is uncut. Her medical needs are completely unaddressed. She is “kicking about in her blood.” Can you believe that? She is unwashed, untreated, unwanted and un-loved by anyone. What will come of her? You know the answer. (See Ezekiel 16)
In Cap Haitien, Haiti, there are throw-away children. Parents, who do not have the money to give them the most basic and minimum requirements to sustain their lives…take such children to the city dump…and leave them there for whatever horrors may await them before they starve to death…or worse.
It turns out that God just happened to be passing by that open field where the baby girl lay in her lonely misery…screaming, wallowing in the blood of the afterbirth, and you can just imagine flies buzzing and insects on their way to the feast. God sees her in the nick of time…and in spite of her terrible condition…He says to her, “LIVE!” And God’s Word is, as always, not only sound, or even thunder, it is power. Do you remember reading about when there was no light on the earth? And God spoke…”Light! Be!” And His command for light to come into existence and do its shining work carried within it the power for it to happen. And so, the infant girl, with absolutely no prospects, lives on, for no other reason than that God will have it so. And from her pitiful and desperate beginning she not only lives, but prospers and grows into one lovely young woman and becomes the bride of God.
Truth is…we were that baby girl…only our situation was even worse. We were not only helpless, miserable and un-loved, we were not even kicking. We were dead in our trespasses and sins. But God happened (lucky, huh?) to be passing by and saw us, not only mugged, stripped and left for dead…but, again, actually dead. And He spoke the Word again…spoke it because He alone would not leave us to our own devices…spoke it because only He had the power to do so…spoke it because of Another’s willing sacrifice…He said to us, “LIVE!” And here we are today, against all odds, alive in the Spirit…as the bride of Christ.
And I was wondering…I know that you, my sisters and brothers, are alive in Christ…you live through Him and for Him…but share with us something specific in your life…your heart…your relationships…your knowledge…which you had thought long since dead…which you thought could never live again…and yet, one day God came near to you and said of this thing, “Live!” Then the chords that had been broken began to vibrate once more. And today, you can’t help but smile to think of it…and to praise the Father Who deals in life! You’ll be doing us a great favor, because what you share will give us one more reason to also praise Him.