Sunday, November 27, 2005

a reprint

Maryellen mentioned this post in her last post...so instead of making any one interested search the archives...here it is reprinted.
Rainbow over Hog Back
2 Kings Chapter 2 verse 19-21Then the men of the city said to Elisha, "Behold now, the situation of this city is pleasent, as my Lord sees, but the water is bad and the land is unfruitful. " And he said, "Bring me a new jar, and put salt in it" so they broght it to him and he went out to the spring of water and threw salt in it and said "Thus says the LORD "I have purified these waters, there shall not be from there death or unfruitfulness any longer."Matthew 5:13You are the salt of the earth...From my wife's journal: March 23, 4:40pm mst.Highway 64, east bound, leaving the Navajo Reservation, heading into Farmington, New Mexico.A place called "Hogback", the target area of our church's current prayer effort. Very dark, stormy sky ahead, wind blowing. 24 hours before, we were at that spot, praying over the river, at the foot of Hogback, at the entrance to the Rez, the Eastern Gate.As we approached the mountain today, we say a hint of a rainbow, a swatch of color at the southern base of the mountain. Then as we got closer the full rainbow appeared, we could see both ends of it, it was over the mountain full and beautiful. In the dark sky a second rainbow started to form. It extendted over the road ahead of us and seemed to touch down in the river, at the very spot we were praying yesterday. The second rainbow never fully formed. But we saw the whole experience, which lasted for just a matter of minutes, as a symbol of hope, a reminder that God keeps His promises, a confirmation "He knows what His children are doing and He approves." He has purified the waters that flow into Shiprock. "There shall not be from there death or unfruitfulness any longer."I am not a pastor in this church, I am not a shepherd of this flock...just one of the sheep, satisfied with joining in their passion for the people of this land...honored to stand with them...Art

2 Comments:

Blogger Maryellen said...

as i revisit this experience my heart is grieved. not that our prayers were ineffective but perhaps because we let our guard down...there was a murder at hogback. three young people, killed in a drug related crime, not far from where we prayed. Oh Lord, forgive us for our lack of diligence, for letting Your light fade...Oh Lord have mercy on us all.

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Blogger M. C. Pearson said...

I just came from Maryellen's blogspot. This is a beautiful post. I'm sorry things did not work out over there. My husband and I also have a heart for ministry and have had several trials. (We are currently seeking a position for him as a Family Pastor.) I'm reminded of the prayer of Serenity. I used to know it by heart but it speaks of wisdom and accepting when we cannot change things. All we can do is trust in Him.

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