Do you ever feel life is unfair? Did someone drop you and you ended up injured? It doesn’t seem fair when life and people hurt us and we didn’t even have a say in the outcome. King Saul’s grandson, Mephibosheth may have felt such sentiments. When David was anointed King, Saul’s family ran for fear because it was common for the new king to wipe out the former king’s family line. Mephibosheth’s nurse maid picked up the five year old and ran for their lives, tripped and fell, dropping the Mephibosheth. The injury left him crippled, broken and hidden away in a dry, desolate desert region.
Fifteen long years later, David had a flash back about Jonathon, Saul’s son. He wondered if there was anyone left from the house of Saul whom he could extend kindness to. Mephibosheth, Saul’s grandson, was located and brought before David. Everything that had belonged to his father and grandfather was given back to Mephibosheth and a wrong was righted. From that time on, Mephibosheth ate at the King’s table with crippled feet. (2 Samuel 9).
Jesus invites us to His communion table crippled, broken and lost. He accepts us just the way we are. We don’t have to be whole and straightened up to receive God’s love and grace at His table. Are you thinking you can’t because you have some flaws and imperfections? If so, you’re in good company. Every person born has flaws. We wouldn’t need a Savior, God’s love and grace if we were perfect.
David knew the importance of looking back so he could run his race forward in strength. Inner healing takes place when the Lord nudges us to take care of our past issues. Some people are firm believers that we are to run our life forward and not look back on our past. I was one of those believers that didn’t want to look back because experiencing hurts twice would be too painful to relive. However, sooner or later, buried things get unearthed and demand our attention. We can trust Jesus with our emotions because He is so tender and gentle with what we hand Him. When He is invited to be present in the healing work of our soul wounds, it does not hold the same sting as once before. Jesus is like a laser light, cauterizing the bleeding, bringing restoration and healing to the wound. Knowing open wounds hurt and scabs do not, makes it all worthwhile and possible to look back as David did and take care of unfinished business.
Do you have any unfinished business that needs looked at? Forgiveness is a good starting place if someone has hurt you and caused you to be crippled, broken and lost. Ask Jesus to reveal the lie of the hurt and the lie believed of the character of God. Replace the lie with truth and give thanksgiving for your freedom.
Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted and free the captives. He came to comfort those who morn. Jesus reaches out to extend kindness and restoration to those who have been dropped and crippled. He receives all to His communion table of forgiveness, love, and acceptance. His invitation is always open, anytime and anywhere. Have you accepted?
Heavenly Father, You are our healer and restorer. Thank you for Your extravagant love and kindness that you extend forth to us all. Thank you for inviting us to your table even though we are crippled, broken and lost. Help us to forgive those who have dropped us and never picked us back up again. Show us the lies we are believing and give us wisdom to replace the lie with Your truth.
In Jesus Name, we pray. Amen.
Elizabeth, Founder and President of Mighty Women of Vision