Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Don't Cry!

Luke 7: 11-15
Soon afterward Jesus went with his disciples to the village of Nain, and a large crowd followed him. A funeral procession was coming out as he approached the village gate. The young man who had died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the village was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” he said, “I tell you, get up.” Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother.

In my last post, I asked for pray for my son, Ryan. Things have become a little less dark as I have been holding on to God’s promises through His Word and your prayers…Thank you.

My son’s life wasn’t surrounded by a white picket fence with a dad and mom who were happily married and God being in the center of their lives. We divorce when he was 4 years old and I remarried 2 months after my divorce was final, what a shock that must have been for a little boy. I won’t share all the details at this time, but I will say he’s had stuff piled on him from day one by my choices, his dad’s choices and his own choices.

Yesterday as I was spending time with God, he reminded me of Luke 7 and the mother from Nain, who was weeping the death of her son. After reading this section of scripture my eyes were drawn to these words…When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said.
Don’t cry? How could He make such a statement? Here was a mother who was looking at death, overcome by hopelessness. Then I came to this understanding,Jesus knew what was about to happen…a miracle was about to take place.

I’m sure we have all heard those same words in our times of hopelessness. We may not have gone through a physical death, like this mother, but the death we might be experiencing could be; the sporadic phone calls or friends who take the place of our presence. Maybe it’s the drugs that have taken over or possibly someone who has offered to fill the emptiness with their so called love. Yet, Jesus is saying “don’t cry.” A miracle is about to take place.

As my visit with Ryan ended that evening, he kissed me on the cheek, stepped out of the car and closed the door behind him. It was then I heard these words from the enemy “he’s mine.” I could see the darkness closing in on him, ready at any moment to devour him. I could see the bondage that Satan has wrapped around him, the spiritual death that is slowly claiming his soul.

After dropping him off, I drove to our Wednesday night church service and as I stood in front of God praising and desperately pleading words of mercy for Ryan, I knew my tears were not hidden from Him and I heard “don’t cry.”

In Luke 7, there are two other important things that took place once Jesus arrived. First,he walked over to the coffin, where death had claimed its victim and he touched it. Second, “Young man" he said. "I tell you, get up.” After reading these words my heart became overwhelmed with the presence of God. I realize now, all that needs to take place for Ryan’s spiritual death to be awakened is the touch of Jesus and the sound of His commanding voice speaking these words “I tell you, get up” and the miracle will take place.


mom interceding said...

Tammy, this is a message from the Holy Spirit. Thank you for sharing it. I want to share it with some of my praying sisters in our group. Thank God for answering prayer. He is working, even when we can't see it. God bless you. Carolyn

Darlene said...

"Yet, Jesus is saying “don’t cry.” A miracle is about to take place."

This is beautiful. A word from God to you. Cling to His promises, dear friend.

Thank you for blessing my day, by sharing what the Lord has spoken to your heart.

Shannon said...

Beautiful. Remember satan is a liar-remember only what God said!
My prayers continue for you and your family...

Laura said...

Tammy, What a powerful Word from God you have been given. He is the God of all comfort, and, just as he brought back the widow's son, He can bring back yours! I will keep praying for Ryan, DEar One. I pray your Thanksgiving is blessed.


Bonnie said...

I thank God for how it is that He brings such comfort, such peace, such expectancy! I'm thankful for the sweet way He has been right there with you both during this time.

Great things are ahead for Ryan's life.........may we all press in to see it fulfilled!

Have a beautiful Thanksgiving!


LAURIE said...

My heart was gripped to hear of your Ryan. I have said a prayer for him tonight that he will return to the arms of His loving Father. Remember when the scripture says "train up a child and he will not depart from it" - that is a promise from God that He has not given up on Ryan and He is waiting ever so patiently for him to return to Him. May God give your heart and spirit a peace tonight...Laurie

ktwalden said...

Isn't it such a blessing when God gives us a word when we are in the pits of despair? His Spirit knew just what your heart needed to hear at that moment, and that same sweet Spirit will speak to your prodigal. I will be praying for you and your son.

Lori said...

What a powerful, moving message from the Holy Spirit, Tammy. I will join you in prayer for Ryan, that he will be drawn to know the Lord's great love for him. And my prayers are for you as well, that you will know peace and reassurance, and that you will continue to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit who is our Comforter. God bless you!

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Tammy.. I wanted to share this poem with you that I wrote. Sometimes the Lord allows our children to walk down the road of brokenness, I remember my husband praying.. Lord whatever it takes to bring her back to you, your will be done. I used to get upset and tell him don't pray like that I don't want her to get hurt or worse. But eventually that became my prayer as well, our job was to continue to Love and pray for her, the Lord had to have full control and she had to be the one to make that final choice, to come back to her first love.

The Lord promises us that as we continue to serve him , all our household will be saved, we trained them up in his ways, they know what they need to do.
Yet the Mommy in us always wants to help fix everything, and I think the Lord feels for a the Heart of a mom. here is the poem title: In My Brokenness..

In my brokenness he found me feeling lost and so alone. Heading down an endless journey, So very far away from home.

Mama tried to tell me
She tried her very best.
She raised me to know Jesus
Instead I turned my back.

I walked the other way
I just thought I had to try. The voices of the world Led me to the other side.

To a place of hurt and pain
wrong decisions, bad
choices too. I tried so hard to remember, The person that I once knew.

It was there on the broken path, my Jesus came to me.
He heard me call his name
He heard my every plea.

In my brokenness he found me,I was once again his own
He held me close and
whispered.. My dear child welcome home.

Copyright © 2006-2008 By: Lorie Yocum

To those who are still traveling down the broken road , just know that the Lord will meet you just where you are, and just as you are.

This poem is one of hope for all who have gone astray.

Hugz Lorie

Shanita Waters said...

Amen! Awesome post. I don't know the circumstances surrounding Ryan but I trust God! God said that if we delight ourselves in Him that He would give us the desires of our hearts. Your desire to see your child saved, delivered, healed and set free is a godly desire and I believe God for bringing it to pass. I will keep you and your family in prayer that you will all be who God wants you to be.

Thanks for stopping by!

Edie said...

Oh Tammy, I'm so glad that God spoke comfort and encouragement to your heart. I'm the mom of a prodigal too. I know how painful it is and I know that God has proven Himself so very faithful. God bless you.

Tiffany Stuart said...

Hold tight to HIS promise. I know He hears you and all who pray.

Sending love,

Lori said...

What an awesome post Tammy! Stop over at my blog, I passed a much deserved award on to you:)

Edie said...

Hey Tammy ~ Just wanted to let you know that you have 10 entries in my giveaway. Please let me know if you do the post so I can be sure to add the additional 7 entries. Have a great weekend!