2013-07-03 - What Would Mephibosheth Say?
Limp and lifeless. Worthless. A dead dog. That's how I saw myself. Certainly no one can begrudge me for being bitter. My dad (Jonathan) and grandfather (King Saul) died by the time I was five. I lost my family, home, and use of my legs - all in the same day. When the news came that my dad and grandfather were killed, my caretaker thought we were in danger, and running hastily while holding me, dropped me on my head. As a result, I became lame in both feet. To some, it may sound like a hard childhood; for me, it was all I knew.
After being hidden from the world's view for 16 years, I found myself in King David's palace, face to face with the king. David told me of a pact between him and my dad. The king told me not to be afraid. "For I will surely show you kindness, for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table." (2 Samuel 9:7 NIV)
I didn't seem happy or grateful. I questioned King David's motives. How often do we respond to good news like that? Hesitant that there is a catch involved or uneasy, expecting something to go wrong, instead of praising God and enjoying what He has done. It is hard not to be cautious when we have had bad experiences in the past.
I am willing to start believing now. I am grateful for a new start, a new beginning for me and my family. How wonderful for my son Micha to live in royalty.
Lord, You are there reaching out toward me. You rescue and keep me safe and secure. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.