School started yesterday and my almost 9 year old and 10 year old were so excited to be going back to their old school. Last year, we left mid-spring and moved to Asheville and they missed everyone so much. It was pitiful. But now they are back - and I'm continuing to see the way God used the experience of our move and return back to Tega Cay to teach my girls some pretty important life lessons.
This morning as they were getting ready, Kennedy mentioned she has some new kids in her class. She has been making extra efforts to talk to them, to make them feel accepted and like they are a part of the "crew" so they don't feel so weird about being new. Peyton is doing the same thing. I suppose after being the "new kid" and feeling the sting of trying to make your way through a school that has established friendships and relationships, they have learned how to relate to people who are going through the same things. I love that.
You know, God can use your story, too. Whatever you've been through in your life, whether it be childhood abuse, addiction, rejection, poor habits or whatever it might be - you can empathize with those who are going through it right now. Who knows? Maybe the Lord helped you to overcome those trials and struggles for such a time as this? We have an opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ here on earth!
We cannot forget that the hands and feet of Jesus Christ were pierced on the cross. When we look at the Greek word for pierced, we find the word nyusso, which means "to pierce through, often of severe or deadly wounds given one". Our severe and seemingly deadly wounds have been nailed to the cross and our new lives reflect the same resurrection power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead! We are a new creation, created to do good works in Christ which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Eph. 2:10)
Are you feeling pierced today? I want to encourage you to read John 19-20. John 19 is the dark, frightening time in Jesus' life when He was scourged, beaten, pierced, scoffed, whipped and ultimately crucified. Things looked bleak. All seemed lost. It seemed as if the enemy was winning. But then came John 20. Hope. Truth. Victory. Resurrection! There is a "John 20 moment" coming in your life - hang on and wait for the Lord. Resurrection is a beautiful thing - but death must precede it. Our piercing is part of our story and our story is what God can use to reach out to a hurting, hopeless world.
Today let's pray that God gives us opportunities to be His hands and feet - to relate to those who might be feeling the same pains and frustrations we feel as we are pierced by the worries and cares of the world. Kennedy & Peyton have the right idea - they are reaching out to others who are feeling the same pain they have felt. They know this pain all too well and they don't want others to feel it as deeply as they did. God will never allow pain into our lives without an eternal purpose. And that purpose always includes reaching out and helping His children - being His hands and feet.