Over the past couple of weeks several things have happened in my life that have brought my attention to the word 'rescue', and that have caused me to believe that God is speaking to me of the importance, not only of my small part in His great plan to rescue mankind through the spreading of the gospel of salvation through His Son Jesus, but also of the importance of building only according to His plan. I felt to share these experiences on my blog and if it is of any encouragement to anyone who reads it then so be it.
The following day my friend and I met up in the coastal town where we come together to do evangelising with leaflets that we have felt to put together with poetry and scripture, (the content of my own leaflets I have put on my other blog ( www.fatherithankyouforjesus.blogspot.co.uk ).
I started to think that there was something that was being brought to my attention regarding 'rescue', as two separate incidents had occurred involving rescue in just two days. That Sunday I went to church and the pastor there said he'd had a dream which he would share with us later, and then we shared one with another anything which we felt to share, either from scripture or testimony. I related what had happened on the Thursday and the Friday. The pastor later shared his dream which was about him standing in a place and walking to a very high drop where someone was about to jump over the edge. He said he pulled him back, and felt that the dream spoke of rescue. I was even more sure that I was hearing a message from the Lord.
Then, one day last week I was looking on a blog in which the writer spoke of two dreams he'd had, both spoke to me of rescue, the first one of his own rescue by calling on God in the name of Jesus, and the second one of the need for rescue of others. The post is called 'Jephyr's Dream: On A Lake In A Storm, Alone And Blind,' and was posted on Seprember 13th 2012, and the blog is www.artmusicpoliticsfaithhopeandlove.blogspot.co.uk
Now many people might think that I am over the top concerning little creatures but I have always been like it. I cannot use slug pellets or kill insects wilfully. That is why I believe God chose to speak to me in this way, because He knows that by doing so His message would make an impact. He allowed me to be in a position where a deep concern for something in a dangerous position would drive me to want to rescue.
In the same way that I desperately wanted to rescue the suffering, dying creatures and return them to their true home, so too God wants to rescue mankind from their suffering and spiritual death and return them to their true home. He loves us with a greater love than we could ever have, a love that brought about an unimaginable sacrifice.
I believe the experiences with the hedgehog and the lobster, and the dreams showed me my personal responsibility as far as evangelism is concerned. However I believe the experience with the spider showed me something else as well.
Washing the spider with water reminded me of Ephesians ch.5 v.26 which speaks about the church, 'That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word...' There is a set plan for the church to grow and it is clearly written in the scriptures. One plants, one waters but God adds the increase, and the Lord has assigned to each his task. 1 Corinthians ch. 3 v.10, 11 says ' But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ'.
Also Ephesians ch. 4 v.11 says 'And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up'. 1 Corinthians ch. 14 vs 26 - 31 gives clear instruction of how things must be when God's people gather together 'What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church. If anyone speaks in a tongue, two--or at the most three--should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God. Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.' Sometimes we might try to 'build God's house' by all sorts of ways, even trying to add to the numbers by trying to attract people in with worldly things. A spider builds his own house, the web. Job ch.8 vs.13 - 15 reads 'such are the paths of all who forget God; the hope of the godless man shall perish. His confidence breaks in sunder, and his trust is a spide's web ( this word is translated 'house' in the hebrew)
I believe the Lord used the spider to show me that if we forget God, and His instruction in the 'building,' then we will have a very fragile ' house'. Just as the spider builds his own home we, God's children can be building our own spiritual house if we try to build any way other than how the Lord is instructing us. Psalm 127 v.1 says ' Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it:'
I have to ask myself. Is the Lord pointing out to me that the clutter of 'man's attempts to build' in God's house is sometimes causing His children who are trying to connect with Him to 'put the phone down' and stop trying?
Strange...... Two days after I put this post on I have to add something. I have just come home after being out for most of the day to find two emails from our son. He is asking me if I want one of his spare mobile phones. He says I can choose which one I want. One is in it's original packaging and has a manual with it. My son knows nothing about my post on my blog. I believe absolutely that God is echoing the emphasis on communication His way, as it has been for two thousand years, with His manual.