THURSDAY, MAY 9
“So David and his men went on the road, while Shimei went along on the hillside opposite him and cursed as he went and threw stones at him and flung dust. And the king, and all the people who were with him, arrived weary at the Jordan. And there he refreshed himself.”
2 Samuel 16:13-14 (ESV)
THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS: MISFITS
In Messy Spirituality, Mike Yaconelli tells about a boy walking by a pet store on his way to school. The young boy stopped and stared through the window. Inside were four black puppies playing together. After school he ran home and pleaded with his mother to let him have one of the puppies. “I’ll take care of it,” he exclaimed. Finally, the mother relents and gives him the ok to buy a puppy. After determining the boy had enough money the pet owner took the boy over to the window to pick out his puppy. After watching the puppies the boy said ‘Uh, I’ll take that one.’ Oh no, said the pet owner you don’t want that one, he’s crippled. Notice how he just sits there; something is wrong with one of his legs, so he can’t run and play like the rest of the puppies. Choose another one.’ Without saying a word, the boy reached down, lifted his pant leg to expose a chrome leg brace to the owner. ‘No’ he said firmly, ‘I think I’ll take the puppy in the corner.’” It turned out that what disqualifies the puppy from being chosen by others is what most qualified him to be chosen by the little boy. Think about this for a moment. It’s amazing how few of us believe in the unqualified grace of God. Oh, yes God loves us, as long as we are clean, and whole and fixed. But it turns out what disqualifies us as not having it all together is what most qualifies us to be chosen by Jesus. Welcome to the land of the misfits. (Messy Spirituality)
In 2 Samuel 16 David was surrounded by men who walked with him during some of the most difficult days of his life. God doesn’t want us walking through life alone. And one of the best ways to get through our hurts is to have others walk with us who know what it’s like to be hurt. The reality is that we’ve all been wounded. It’s just some of our wounds are more visible than others and some of us are better at faking that we have it all together than others.
My (Larry) small group often jokes that we are “the misfits.” Actually, all of our small groups at Northstar are groups of misfits. None of us have it all together. We’ve all been wounded by our own choices and the choices of others. If you don’t have a small group of believers that you meet with regularly contact the church office and we will help you find one. If you do have one ask God to help make it a safe place to be vulnerable for the purpose of redeeming the pain and growing spiritually, emotionally and mentally.