Evu* lost his wife twelve years ago to breast cancer. He is still angry with God because He did not answer his prayer to take his life and spare Lori’s. Yet, Evu also readily shared that God had in many cases answered his prayers. And he clearly saw the hand of His Maker at work keeping him from death. Several years ago when a construction project at Portland airport collapsed killing three men, Evu’s life was spared because of a cell phone call from a friend that lasted so long he was not where he could have been when it rained cement. When Evu later asked his friend why he called him, the friend responded that he felt led to do so! Clearly, God has a plan for this gentleman with a special heritage. That’s not so surprising. His dad worked with Martin Luther King during the civil rights movement.
Evu is a black man in a white farming community. None of his family lives in Oregon. It makes little sense why he should live where he is, alone with his dog, isolated and depressed. He is articulate, free to share his sense of humor and full of good ideas. But his zest for life is about as fresh as a six day-old doughnut.
Ephesians 2:19-21—So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are His house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus Himself. We are carefully joined together in Him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. (NLT)
What do you say to a person who has lost the love of his life and can’t find his way? How do you cope when getting up in the morning is pure drudgery because life no longer seems worth living? May I suggest that a major contributor to the reason people stay smothered by negative thinking is caused by a major faulty premise? We think life is about us! But stop, it is not about us at all, it is about God. Our lives are to be lived for His glory not our gains and grins. Our lives are meant to be sacrifices of worship not monuments to Self. The reason so many people wear depression, anger, pity and hopelessness as everyday clothing is because God is not first and foremost.
But unlike so many people I counsel, Evu has a rich foundation. His godly parents instilled in him a fear and love for God. So he listened when I shared, “Evu, you have to get back in circulation. You need to be worshiping with other believers. They need you as much as you need them.” God meant for us to be members of a family. Together we are His house. Jesus died so we could come together. He rose from death to make our fellowship eternally sweet. And guess what, “staying home alone feeling mad at your Father is no way to spend your life! So get back in circulation man.”
Three times, Evu mentioned that he would come out for fellowship on Saturday night. I believe he means it. I hope he comes. He’s the kind of person I’d love to have in my circle of friends. Will you intercede for Evu and ask God to remind him how much he is loved? Will you pray that he will show up Saturday and be blessed? And perhaps you know someone else who is out of circulation. Pray for that person too; your prayers count. Trust me, I know. Something to think about . . . in reveration!
*Not his real name
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)