“Worms, Worriers and Warriors”
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of unbelief, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” ~ A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dicken’s book was published in 1859 … yet his words ring true today. It appears that we have left the “best of times” and may have entered the “worst of times” … uncertainty & fear abound and panic is as much a pandemic as the corona virus … it feels like the world is at war… a visible revolution with an “invisible enemy”
How should we respond? Where is the “season of light & spring of hope” in this dark time?
“We all need faith for dark & trying times, and the Bible is filled with accounts of such days. Its story is told with them, its songs are inspired by them, its prophecy deals with them, and its revelation has come through them. Desperate days are as stepping-stones on the path of light.”
The following verse might seem an odd encouragement … but I hope that you will read to the end to the end and find a ray of light … a beacon of hope … and peace.
“Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob … I will make you into a threshing sledge, new & sharp, with many teeth” ~ Isaiah 41
How does a fearful, worried “worm” become a “threshing sledge” … a sharp instrument that cuts like a sword in the hands of a warrior? This exceeds self-effort … it requires Divine intervention & transformation.
God’s promise to Jacob is: “I will make you”
God is no a respecter of persons … He will graciously help anyone … work with & through anyone to accomplish His purposes.
Human history bears out that God is a transformer of lives and The Giver of great destiny.
Throughout every period in human history great men have been raised up by God: they were made by God to be great leaders … great thinkers … people of great influence.
Jacob, the grandson of Abraham, was such a man.
Jacob who was renamed by God: “Israel” … was the third of the Bible “Patriarch’s” … he was greatly used & greatly made but his path was filled with challenges and struggles which are not much different than our own. It was DURING his life journey that Jacob came to “know God” … came to understand how God was moving on his behalf … that recognition took decades.
“Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob … O little Israel, for I Myself will help you,” declares the Lord. “See, I will make you into a threshing sledge, new & sharp, with many teeth” ~ Isaiah 41
For those who do not know this Jacob or would like to learn more here are some resources:
Now what do worms have in common with people? Worms are segmented … human cells are segmented. We too are segmented beings “broken, fractured” … humanity is in a fractal state & there are hidden forces at work (Fractal means “broken” in Latin)
“The Fractal State of Humanity ~ Hidden Forces for you & against you”
Could any two things be in greater contrast than a worm and a threshing tool with teeth?
…A worm is delicate and can easily be bruised by a stone or crushed beneath a passing wheel.
… A threshing tool with sharp teeth can cut through rock & not be broken; leaving its mark upon the rock.
God has a history of using the insignificant to accomplish what might seem like the impossible.
Only Almighty God can convert the one into the other … a “worm” into a warrior. He can take a man or a nation, who has all the weakness of a worm, and through the transforming work of His own Spirit, He can endow that person or nation with strength enough to make a profound mark upon the history of the time.
Therefore a “worm” may take heart. Almighty God can make us stronger than our circumstances and can turn each situation to our good. In God’s strength we can be imbued with Divine strength. He can take the darkest disappointments and most challenging situations and break them open … inside we will discover a precious jewel of grace. When God gives us an iron will, we can cut through difficulties just as an iron plowshare cuts through the hardest soil.
Christ is building His kingdom with the broken things of earth, the weak things in the world: worriers, wimps, the wounded … the anxious & fearful … those who are lost or in a “pit” … misfits & cast-aways … and those who face unrelenting winds of adversity.
This is in contrast to the way of the world: where people desire the strong, the powerful, the beautiful, the successful, the victorious … unbroken things to build their kingdoms.
“But God” is the God of all who are “broken” … those who are struggling or have failed … those deemed unsuccessful by the standards of the world.
This is not Divine wand-waving. Rather a process of transformation over time … just as it was for Jacob.
Outcomes are determined by recognition of condition … willingness, cooperation & desire. No matter who you are or what you are struggling with: “God can only do for you what you allow Him to do in you.”
Heaven is being filling with earth’s broken lives, and there is no “bruised reed” … no “broken” person that God cannot take and restore to a glorious place of blessing and beauty. He can take a life crushed by pain, loss or sorrow and make it relevant & meaningful.
As priorities are being reordered, consider this … grace-filled … adventure-filled invitation
“I will make you”
“Follow Me, and I will make you”
Make you speak My words with power,
Make you vessels of My mercy,
Make you loving sons & daughters.
“Follow Me, and I will make you”
Make you what you cannot be
… if you choose to do your own thing
… if you choose to go your own way
But if you choose to Follow Me, “I will make you”
Make you loving, trustful, faithful,
Make you even just like to Me” ~ Jesus
Disclaimer: Following Jesus Christ is no guarantee of a cake-walk … or a carefree life ;~)
We also have many words of assurance from the LORD … here are a few:
“I will never forsake you”
“I will not forget you … see, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before Me.” (our “walls” are obstacles, hardships, seemingly impossible situations)
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name … you are Mine. I will be with you. You are precious and honored in my sight because I LOVE you.” ~ Isaiah 41, 43, 49
Stay safe & be well all my bee-friends … you are in my thoughts & prayers.
Giving honor where honor is due: it was a post by @Joel Anderson that turned my mind to “worms”
"Worms, Meaning and Relevance"
As I read Joel’s post the thought that “wormed” its way into my head is the one referenced here in Isaiah 41 … it gave me a different perspective on worms and the similar state in which a person may be found ;~)
“I will make you” appears 162 times in Holy Scriptures
I adapted: The poem “Follow Me & I will make you” by RJ Miller and part of this message from the devotional Streams in the Desert ~ by L.B Cowman (first published in 1925)
March 25, 2020
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