Monday, March 28, 2011

I've been thinking a lot lately about the way that God pursues us with such a relentless love. I'm amazed that God would care so much about us that He would draw us to Himself. I am the recipient of such incredible mercy.

One of the stories that has given me a fresh perspective lately is the story of King David and a disabled man named Mephibosheth in 2 Samuel 9.

At the time, David is grieving the loss of his best friend, Jonathan, one day, when he is prompted by the Lord to seek out any of Jonathan’s living relatives with the intent to bless them.


David asks one of his servants and learns that, yes, Jonathan has one relative who is still living. It's one of Jonathan's sons, and his name is Mephibosheth.


Mephibosheth was crippled after being dropped as a young child. His name means “despised one” or "shame." And, after the death of his father, Jonathan, Mephibosheth is living in a place called Lo Debar. Lo Debar was the most disgusting of slums. The name “Lo Debar” literally means “no pasture.” It was a filthy, barren, and impoverished.


When I was in Haiti last year, I remember driving several times past an area called Cite Soleil, meaning "city of the sun." Sounds kind of tropical...it was anything but. This city is built on top of the dump...literally tons of garbage piled up with shacks built on top. The poorest of the poor live there. There is no running water, no sewer system, crime is rampant, and the people who live there can't even afford the most basic necessities of life. It is Haiti's most notorious slum.




This is what I picture when I think about Lo Debar.


And here, in Lo Debar, with the rejected of society, Mephibosheth resides – with nothing to his name, no family, unable to even care for himself.


David sends for Mephibosheth and when this crippled man stands before the king, he says, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”


David goes on to tell Mephibosheth that he will be given all the land that belonged to Saul’s family. Not only that, but David gives him workers to farm the land.


And then David tells Mephibosheth that he will have a place at the kings table to feast every day for the rest of his life, just like a son of the king.


From Lo Debar to the king’s palace.


How much greater is the mercy we have received from the Father! From our Lo Debar – utter need and depravity, spiritual blindness and eternity separated from God - to living in freedom and feasting at the table of the King.


4 comments:

  1. This was incredible to read. You don't know me but my husband was once involved in a youth group when Shaun was a youth and his sister Natasha works in my youngest daughters classroom. I was actually looking for the correct spelling of your last name because my 5 year old had asked me and I didn't know. She wanted to write something to Miss Natasha. Anyway, I hope you don't mind me following your blog. I would love to meet you some time.

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  2. Hello Courtney,
    My name is Geesha and I must tell you my story...I am 29 years old and I just lost my first baby. At 34 and half weeks pregnant, I was getting ready for my baby shower. However I never made it to my shower. Instead I found myself delivering my stillborn baby girl, Miss Katherine Grace Bloomer at 8:07 a.m. on Sunday, March the 6th.
    (present time) I went to the mailbox today and after a week of not receiving any more cards I reached in again to find two more...along with a baby talk magazine where I found an article on "Moms who rock"...I just had to check-out your blog. Honestly I am blown away by how similar our stories our...I coudn't stop reading your posts...I too believe God is going to take this situation and do great things! But right as know you you can find yourself going through a wave of emotions. One minute your up the next minute your down...I appreciate you sharing your experience and for letting God use your voice to speak through...it really has brought me much comfort already! I just ask you to please continue to be a light for God...your story and the way God is using you is touching lives!! Much love and Blessing to you and your family.

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