We begin our days around here pretty much the same day in say out. Ephraim wakes and that is Mommy and Daddy’s new alarm clock. I get up, go in and nurse and then feed him some cereal. After that, while Michael and I have our breakfast, E plays in the bed with us and then has some quality time with his Papa before Michael leaves the house for work. We follow the same pattern most everyday, but this one was an exception and thats got me thinking …
Ephraim slept until 9:00 am this morning which is awesome, but abnormal. Usually he wakes by 7:30 at the latest. I got up nursed and Michael changed his diaper while I got his cereal ready. Michael and I have decided (along with several in our church) to fast on Wednesdays so that meant no breakfast in bed for either of us this morning. Besides that, it was so late that Daddy had to work right after the diaper change. I fed E his cereal, took him into our room and got some coffee. We played, watched Clifford and by 10:00 he was rubbing his eyes and ready for a nap. I put him down and climbed back in bed to finish my coffee and watch a little TV. Nothing was one except “The View”.
I don’t frequent this show, for reasons I think are probably obvious, however, it is entertaining from time to time. This morning the ladies were discussing the government “bail-out” of AIG and other banks. They were asking questions like, “Why is welfare when they help people, but a bail out when its a corporation?” and stuff like that. Then they began to discuss all the possible ramifications and worse case scenarios that actions such as these by the government can lead to. I felt a mixture of intrigue and fear begin to grip my heart.
Now I will cop to the fact that since having a child I have become much less informed about current events that in my previous life. Unlike most people, I actually enjoy the news and newspaper. I think it is a through back to seventh grade history when we had to bring a current event every Friday and discuss infront of the whole class. I have not had an opportunity to “read up” on the latest economic crisis facing our country so I had to let Whoopi and the gals educate me this morning (read that with a lot of sarcasm). Let me just say that while everything they said could possibly happen, it all sounded like a lot of doomsday prophecy to me. Joy Behar mentioned that she had called her accountant to make sure that all of her millions were invested in FDIC insured banks. Sherry Shephard said she actually went to her bank to verify that it was also FDIC and they assured her she would be fine because her account had less that $100,000 in it anyway. (And these women are supposed to be ones that the average American female can identify with???) Whoopi spoke of a man interviewed by the media that had lost $20 million in the bail out and had no idea what would become of him. She said she did, “You gotta get a job, just like anyone else.” Barbara Walters started using terms like “a run on banks” that most of us have not heard since studying the Great Depression at some point during our education.
As I watched this I felt the gentle call of the Holy Spirit to turn it off and remember a word that He had given me months ago that I shared at church. Here is the deal, there is truth and then there is TRUTH. I can’t dispute anything these women were saying because it is all within the realm of possibilty, plausibilty and worse case scenario. However, there is nothing new under the sun and situations such as these go back to the foundations of time. We can read in any given chapter of the Bible about hard times befalling a nation, a city, and a people. Some of this was direct prophetic revelation from God. Other times it was the voice of the enemy intent on speaking fear and hopelessness to a generation. Many times it was both and the question was “Who are you going to listen to?” Think Job.
What I feel the Lord saying is that there is a way that man thinks is right, but that leads to death. Now this could mean literal death, but it can also lead to other deaths. Deaths of hopes, dreams, promises and vision. Remember, He said His people perished because they had a lack of vision. Vision meaning the ability to see where they were headed through the Spirit of God, a.k.a prophetic revelation. We live in a time, unfortunately, where we will seldom turn on the news and hear anything good about our futures. If it isn’t the economy, it is the environment or lack of health care or cancer or ______________ (fill in the blank). The doomsday prophets are everywhere and we have to make a choice about whose “view” or vision we are going to listen to.
Joseph, son of Israel, faced the same predicament. As pharoah’s captive he operated in his God given ability to interpret dreams and this brought him favor and freedom from captivity. When asked to interpret one of pharoah’s dark and gloomy dreams, Joseph listened to the voice of the Lord. Rather than saying, “Well, famine is coming! Certain death is upon us” He tuned into what God was really saying. “Yes, hard times are upon us, but I will make a way for your preservation.” The nation instituted a means of storing up grain and goods that would sustain them through the crisis. This also enabled Joseph to reconcile and forgive his own family with whom he had been estranged.
We serve a great and mighty God who is ready and able to dispense vision beyond the evening news. The Word assures us that in this life we will face struggles and difficulties. You can stop reading there if you so choose. You will reap the fruit of that though. God promises his people a means of escape and also abundant life. We have to choose to hear the voice of the Lord during these times and remember the vision He has given us for our families.
The Church is on the presipice of something great and restorative. We have wandered in the wilderness and reached the Jordan with the promises of God within our grasp. We must choose His View over our own and begin to act accordingly. He is for us, not against us …but above all He is “I am” and that is all we need.