Fear Not Handicaps (#26)

1 Samuel 9:7   And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely show kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father (grandfather); and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually.   (KJV)

King David now reigns, but his friend Jonathan is dead.  Our battles have casualties, leaving us broken-hearted, without loved ones, loyal comrades, and forever changed.  David longs for a connection to Jonathan and puts out an appeal:  “Is there anyone left in Jonathan’s household still living anywhere in my kingdom?”  This ancient version of Facebook/Twitter turns up a son of Jonathan; Mephibosheth, who was orphaned at age five and a special needs child, unable to walk.  His name means exterminator of shame.

David sends for this “unfortunate” son of Jonathan.  Mephibosheth is brought to the palace for unknown reasons.  No wonder he is fearful.  He has been summoned by the warrior king.  He is the grandson of Saul who tried to “exterminate” David, and he cannot walk much less run for his life!

When David sees Mephibosheth’s countenance (a reflection of Jonathan), compassion fills the king’s heart.  To the utter surprise of this encumbered one, his life takes a dramatic turn: poverty to prosperity, dependence to independence, hovel to palace, hungry to filled, alone to favored companion.

God the Father tell us, the handicapped ones, the same thing: because of Jesus, I will show you great kindness, I will restore all you have lost, and you will eat at my table.  It is NOT because of who you are but for Jesus’ sake — it is He who wants you to share our home, our land, our table, and our reign.

We don’t have to fear.  It is not about what we have done or who we are; it is about who we know–JESUS!

Does gratitude fill your heart to overflowing?  Join Mephibosheth at the King’s table.  Your cup is being filled continually.  [In ancient times when a host wanted you to stay he kept your cup filled. (Psalm 23) When he was ready for you to go he allowed your cup to become empty.]

(You Are Mine by Gwen Smith)

This water we are treading in is really God’s cup of blessing.

Blessings for your day,

Yvonne

 

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About Yvonne Jones

I am at heart, a LIFEguard: "big" sister, mama, grandmother, aunt, friend, swimming coach, lifeguard trainer, and registered nurse. I am in the business of alleviating fear through education and lots of hand holding. As a swimming instructor, I have taught people of all ages to overcome fear of the water and I marvel as fear gives way to fearlessness, as panic turns to pure joy, as tears dissolve into giggles of glee, and pennies retrieved from the bottom of the abyss become trophies. As a nurse, I have been privileged to walk up to Heaven's gate as patients and family are welcomed home, witnessed the miracle of birth, helped mend broken hearts, and cared for the elderly as they wait. Scriptures number one admonition is "fear not." Question is HOW??? The Word becomes our swimming instructor and can help us learn to "tread water til Jesus comes." Something my students often thought I was going to make them do! So welcome to my pool! Jump in the cool water. Let it refresh your soul and feel the unseen hands of the Master Lifeguard lift you up and out of the deep water. Who knows, you just might even walk on water!

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