I love to be the rainbow in someone else’s storm, don’t you? I mean, what can be more satisfying than to find someone going through a really dark valley, and then sense that you are being used by God to help them discover they are not alone, that He is at their side to help them get through it. I just love when that happens.
I read a comment recently that said, “I’m going to stay up on New Year’s Eve, not just to see the new year arrive but so I can be sure the old one leaves.” It’s been a tough year for a lot of folks. Covid deaths alone are approaching 1.5 million globally. That’s a lot of tears.
Last weekend some dear friends of ours had their 11-year-old granddaughter abducted out of an upstairs bedroom window. Unlike the majority of the more than 40 million who are carried off into human trafficking annually around the world, she was found and returned to her parents. It is not possible to measure the anguish of that kind of statistic.
And pain comes in all shapes and sizes. The government in California just closed 31,000 restaurants in LA county. How will the hundreds of thousands who work there pay next month’s rent? How will they explain to their kids that they will soon be living on the street? And you and I can both extend the list of the agonies that plague our fractured planet and the people who live here.
But I think I can hear God say, “Wait; be of good courage…I am coaching a team of first responders. They hurt, too, but I have helped them discover where this is all going and how to find both comfort and healing along the way. They’ve read the back of the Book so they understand that the outcome is not in doubt. They weep, too, but they weep tears of hope. And because they have learned to trust Me I am sending them out to be Hope Vendors. They talk courage. They breathe confidence. They smile behind their Covid masks. They are purveyors of good news. They run, not away from the crisis, but toward it because, man, have they got resources! They give more than they can afford because they are lovers.
They don’t ignore the pain or minimize it, but they have an eternal perspective. They know what’s going on, that “an enemy has done this,” and what his fate will be. They understand it’s not far. When you know you’re on the winning team and you can see the finish line just ahead you understand the pain is only temporary and it enables you to energize others along the way. Hope Vendors.
By Don Jacobsen