May 30, 2011

Our Deepest Need

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Sitting in an airport in Amsterdam I felt overwhelmed with my inability to communicate with the people that were sitting there around me. They were Indian, Kenyan, Russian, and a sprinkling of Americans. We were on the last leg of our journey. Leaving Amsterdam and flying to Nairobi Kenya East Africa. My heart went out to the families that were traveling with tiny babies, and children. During our layover there we had the opportunity to hear the cries of babies, and young children. It was then that I had an aha moment. These cries were comforting to me as it was a familiar language we all could understand. Either they were hungry, wet, or tired. We didn’t need an interpreter. That is when I asked God this question. “What are the cries of YOUR people?” In my heart I heard the Lord say, “I know the cries of my people.”


As we arrived in Nairobi one of the first places we went to was a WEEP Center (Women Equality Empowerment Project). It is a wonderful ministry/project for women who have contracted AIDS and were facing an untimely death, and their children becoming orphaned. The women are helped with AIDS medications, food, hope, and trained in a skill. They make beautiful bed nets, jewelry, school uniforms, and knitted sweaters. Darren and I had the privilege to eat lunch with these ladies and hear their stories of literally being delivered from death and brought back to life. And this is when I began to understand why God said, “I know the cries of My people.”

Let’s think about it. Is our deepest need air, food, water, a place to sleep? Money, a home? Family, friends, success?

The Bible says in John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His ony begotten Son that whosoever would believe on Him would not perish but have everlasting life. In God’s Son, He has met our deepest need.

We can have His love, forgiveness, acceptance, future and a hope! In this life we have been hated, unloved, rejected. We have cried out and nobody hears. Some of us left for dead because of ignorance, and hate. Darren and I witnessed the love of God in the eyes of these women. They knew it was God that brought them back to life, He had met their deepest need. And now because they live they can be a living example of God’s love and forgiveness, alive and well, and smiling at their future.

Be encouraged my friend, are you experiencing opportunities for God to meet your deepest need? Let Him meet what no one else on this earth can do.
Meet your deepest need.

Because of His Authentic Love,
Julie

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