I was invited to a friend’s home, to share good company and conversation with other friends of the Lord, from other churches, other traditions, other ways… we all had one thing in common, we all had many years of seeking to serve and please God. All of us, had started our journey with the Lord from different ‘feeder paths – yet here we were all in the Way and on the Way.
I woke next morning comfortable and quiet, the Holy Spirit nudged into my happy space with,
“Are you rich, my friend”
I smiled he was bringing to mind my friend’s home, compared to mine a palace. But there again, she had a husband and together they had a business of their own and I have been a single woman, I gave my Yes to His call as a young girl, still not old enough to vote – still ‘waiting for the key to the door’ as the older generations called it. Well the Lord gave me a most precious key to another door … won’t dwell on that now.
In the early light I was making out familiar shapes of my own humbler possessions;
“Yes, Lord, I am rich. Everything I need God has provided and will provide.” I answered happily.
Now the conversation at my friend’s home had been about the scarcity of young people in our churches, and where are tomorrow’s church leaders and elders, so the next words didn’t surprise me.
“Go,” the Lord says, and “Tell whoever has the heart to go, especially those who are young, to go, tell them don’t wait.
“Provide yourselves with no gold or silver, not even with coppers for your purses, with no haversack for the journey or spare tunic or a staff, for the labourer deserves His keep.”
I smiled. Nothing in this world, compares to the riches of the Kingdom of God.
“Yes Lord, but we do need to take something with us, we need to be dressed for the Gospel. We need compassion, kindness a heart like yours, we need to take your teaching and word with us.”
*Be compassionate just as your Father is compassionate. Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned, forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing will be poured into your lap; because the standard you use will be the standard used for you
“All who know this, are ready. Go,” says the Lord, “tell the older ones, tell the younger ones… wait for nothing and no one Go!”
He showed me a full pod of peas, freshly picked, young, green, tender, and sweet.
“Hold them in your hand just a little while and consider them just a little while, and ask Me about those things you don’t understand.
I smile, so many, many years ago He called me His little pea..
Please feel free to share your thoughts on the peas.
I used the New Jerusalem Bible for the scripture quotes:
Luke 6: 36-38