THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD!
I don't know much about God...
at least in comparison to how much there IS to know about him. However because I believe he has been intimately involved in the life of my family for a long time, especially over the past 16 months or so, I have decided to dedicate this current blog post to my thoughts on him.
I will no doubt be making a few Bible references in doing so. After all so much of my life experience and the lives of others that I have observed support the wisdom, knowledge and revelation that has been laid bare for all of us to either accept or reject as I have studied God's word over the past more than forty years.
Although this comparatively short journey we have walked with Jesse thus far has been painful at times, at other times it has been most enlightening. We have experienced times of extreme, and maybe even 'supernatural' encouragement and hope as we have experienced God's involvement, protection and intervention in our affairs.
In no way do I assume in writing this that you are a student of the Christian Bible, though I know that some of you are. For those of us who have fed on the rich spiritual food of God's word on an ongoing basis and over an extended period of years, in humility I believe that although we are all just works in progress, some of us have gotten to know God quite well.
To Illustrate How This Is Possible...Think About This
You find a letter in your mail box one day. It is from someone you don't know, a perfect stranger who begins to tell you about himself. Where does he start? He starts, "In the beginning..." so that nothing will be left out, so that your understanding of him will be complete. It is his way of eliminating the possibility of you not getting to know him. You continue to receive letters from him weekly for years on end. Story after story about his experiences, his private thoughts, the things he does, his conversations, his plans for the future, the promises he makes, he tells you of the things that make him happy and those that make him weap, the things that make him angry and all that bring him joy. You eventually feel that you know him well enough to begin answering his letters. You tell him of your own issues in life and because you have come to know him as a wise, compassionate and loving individual you begin sharing your thoughts with him and even asking his advice. Soon after in reviewing his letters you begin to find that the answers to your questions have already been given. All the issues of life have been expounded upon in completion.
What issues? Life and Death, and everything in between...
All that you need to know of love, and of hate, of compassion, of forgiveness, gentleness, kindness, cruelty, bravery, fear, faith, lies and truth. Though never ever even having seen this stranger, never hearing his voice, without knowing what he looks like and never having ever seen where he lives, you know that you know him, and you know that you have come to love him, and you have learned the most important truth of all...that he loves you.
THIS IS HOW I HAVE COME TO KNOW GOD
Once a stranger, he has become the source of my family's strength, the source of our faith and our hope. He is our provider and our counselor and our refuge in times of trouble.
Now let me ask another question, one that may be a little simpler to answer. It seems that we all love music of one genre or another. For those of you who appreciate classical music as I do this question might be just a little bit easier for you, so here it is.
Have you ever been to the symphony or even to live theatre where you have an orchestra on stage or one located in the orchestra pit under the stage that holds all 20 or 40 or 80 musicians. At a certain point they all gradually begin tuning their instruments as the show hasn't yet begun, the violins, the cellos, the woodwinds and the brass, the percussive instruments and even the tympani's. Even though it just sounds like a confused mess, it really builds excitement doesn't it? Seated behind all those music stands may be some of the greatest musical talent in the country. Brilliant players representing decades of training, study, expensive lessons that most likely started way back in their childhoods. Much of the talent being graduates of world renowned universities, like Julliard, the Glenn Gould school and others.
Suddenly you notice a silence and in the midst of it the faint tapping on a music stand. Then you see it, baton in the air, the Conductor with hands raised...begins to move. All elements of this symphony are in his hands as this conductor brings the noisy din into harmony and the result is music, the kind of music that many of us just don't understand. Yet understanding it or not, we are moved by it. Our spirits are lifted heavenly or crushed with sadness. We are sometimes left in tears and at other times the great hall is elevated and charged with an inexpressible joy that can barely be contained. This is the skill of the Master.
Over these many months that you have followed our story I have often times referred to it as just that..."our story". Sometimes I have said it was the story of a single mother and her child and of course I have called it Jesse's story. I have told you about what Kristin is doing, what our family is doing and what Jesse is doing. I have given credit to Jesse's doctors, his therapists, his nurses, his fundraisers, our prayer partners around the world and the community in general. These being all pieces of the 1,000 piece puzzle that has been Jesse's miraculous journey. The fact is, and here's the truth...
THIS IS GOD'S STORY! IT'S ALL ABOUT WHAT GOD IS DOING!
He has given gifts and talents to so many people that have been able to help Jesse. To others he has given compassion sufficient to move them to act on Jesse's behalf and to all, he has given love. Each person whether friend, acquaintance, stranger, or foreigner have all become instruments in the Master's hand. With every new person we meet we watch and we wonder, is this another piece that God has sent us to complete the puzzle of a perfect healing? Are YOU part of that puzzle? Part of his symphony?
This I know and have seen proof of a thousand times over, God does not waste his words. He says this...
"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:11
Because of that true promise and many others, God knowing our heart's desire for Jesse's recovery, we can rest confidently in these words, "Delight thyself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4
Thank you all for allowing me to indulge my spiritual side today. I pray no one has been offended, but in fact maybe felt a little bit more light in what can sometimes be an otherwise dark and discouraging world.
Please be in touch as I look forward to your comments immensely and you are all welcome to follow Jesse on Twitter @jessearrigo for daily happenings.