A Burning Stick Snatched From the Fire

Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him.  The LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan!  The LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you!  Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?”

Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel.  The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.”

Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you.”

Then I said, “Put a clean turban on his head.”  So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the Lord stood by.

Zechariah 3:1-5

The other day at staff worship we spent some time reading and meditating on these verses.  One of the staff members shared with us a picture that came to his mind as he was praying.  The Lord gave him a vision of all of us scattered along the street where we go to hand out milk and sandwiches on Tuesdays & Fridays.  We were all in conversation with different youth that we know and, unbeknownst to us, right there on the streets, their clothes were being lifted off of them and exchanged for new, clean garments.  No one moved, no one noticed, but it was happening.  Christ was there in that dark place moving, changing, rebuking, claiming, and renewing.  But we didn’t realize it.

My heart was touched and challenged in two ways specifically:

1.  God is moving among the youth of Lima.  The filthy & old are being exchanged for the clean and new.  The one who accuses must be rebuked because these youth,  just like all of us, are burning sticks being snatched from the fire.

2.  We, as a staff, and myself in particular, need to continue to open ourselves up to allow Jesus deeply in to the center of my life, self & ministry—to open my eyes and my heart to become acutely aware of His constant presence among us.

Please pray for our staff community as we seek the Lord’s heart in the ministry here and for the youth we have all come to love so deeply:

Anna, Luisa, Jose Luis, Sebastian, Samuel, Esther, David, Craig, Rachel, Brian, Sarah and myself.

so much love to you…