I believe most of us have watched a movie called War Room, for those that have not, I am here for you. It starts with a woman visiting the graveside of her husband with her son. We later learn that this woman’s husband was a military man and most of the time he is not at home because of duty and the few times he is at home the only thing they do best is argue and quarrel with his wife. Years later, after she has been firm in the Lord, God gives her an assignment to reach out to a woman who is most likely the young version of her; this woman’s marriage is at a risk of ending . The older woman is connected to this woman by her wish to sell her house. So she takes this opportunity to get to know the younger lady, a friendship is created and she gets a rapport and the younger lady explains the trouble her marriage has been going through . The older woman starts to explain to her friend that battles are fought on knees and not with words. The younger woman is willing to learn and draw wisdom from the older and together with the help of God, a marriage is salvaged. This movie is still my favorite. I love to call the older lady Elizabeth and the younger one Mary.
Elizabeth’s child leaped in her womb for joy when she heard the greeting of Mary. Mary decides to stay with her for three months and then leaves to go to her house. I tend to think that these months were of impartation and encouraging her to go on and trust in the Lord. The months where she saw love acted out in the marriage of an older couple, something she was going to start with Joseph, it was a time she got to see the walk of two people who had totally lost hope of getting a child and who God had smiled on, a time she got to see people who had allowed the Lord to have His way and they had no intentions of correcting Him. An older couple that had seen all; the good, the bad and the ugly. It was this time that she was getting to understand the true meaning of her response “be it unto me according to your word,” At times we don’t doubt the word of the Lord or the promise He made to us, but we want someone to identify the spark , hold our hand as we add unto the spark some firewood,as we fan to flame the deposits He put in us, stay with us until we have understood how to go about it and maybe leave when we get the fire stable.
Marys are all around us, but the preoccupation we have in ourselves has blinded us to see the tactic the enemy is using to wipe out the next generation. Judges 2:10 says, “when all that generation (of Joshua) had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the works which He had done for Israel.” If we are not careful we will have a generation that will not know who the Lord is, and therefore they will be tossed to and fro by every wind that comes. The story of your life may be very boring and too common for your ears but it might stir the heart of Mary to believe in the unseen God. When she knows that once you were barren and now you are with child, she may trust Him too with what He promised her. She or he needs you to encourage her, believe in her, hold her hand and walk with her.
Your Mary could be that young boy that wants to know Mathematics, your younger sister that is at puberty stage and is experiencing some identity crisis, that young couple that is starting up a relationship, that first time mum that is trying to get her way around motherhood or even those newly weds in your church that are trying to adapt to living together. Could be that daughter you have given everything to but never making time to talk to. They don’t need a one time advice, they need your hand to walk with them through this unfamiliar path. The world philosophy of every man for himself and God for us all should not be in your mouth if you are a believer. Do not be selfish with your life experiences, the most fulfilled people in the world are those that have chosen to give out themselves for the common good of the human race.
You don’t have to show them that you know the answer to everything, show them that sometimes you just don’t know what is happening but you press on. Naomi did not have an explanation to make when she lost her husband and years later her sons. She was angry and sad and confused, and did not hide any of these to Ruth, she let her see all that there was to the walk with God. And this could be what Ruth admired, her authentic life. This could be what she saw . That besides there being milk and honey along the way, there were times where there was bitter herbs and circumcision and mountains and unbelief, but there was never letting go of God. That in the swings and turns and roller coasters, there was still holding firm and trusting .
The Bible says that, the harvest is plenty but the laborers are few and we should ask for the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers. Ask the Lord to send in one, just one Mary or Timothy or Ruth whom you shall work with to the end. Someone you will pour out your life to and express your vulnerability, someone you will make time for and hold their hand as they try to get around the calling they have.
Work at the pulpit is good but it is high time we stopped fighting for the positions and posts and gave ourselves away for the work of raising a generation. Look for your Mary, Look for your Timothy, have a Paul , an Elizabeth. Let this trinity be one that is tightly knit with the Lord as the forth strand in this chord.
May the Lord give you a strategy to reach out to your Mary and Elizabeth. May your circle be an the incubation center where no miscarriages shall happen, where the seeds that the Lord has put in you shall be birthed , places where callings are clarified on our knees and assignments are given. May your walk with God as Elizabeth or Paul be so convicting that Ruth will be so sure that He is the only true God and all she would have to say is “…and your God my God.”