I spent this past Saturday with 6 complete strangers. We all had one purpose for being there, proving our proficiency in CPR.
As a nurse I am required to keep up my skills and be certified by a reputable organization.
I chose The American Red Cross this time around. It is one of my dreams to be a disaster relief volunteer with them one day.
I just love the idea.
As we studied, discussed and demonstrated the best way to help someone who has passed out, choked or had a cardiac arrest, I was reminded how important it is to not only be prepared, but also know who else is prepared that may also be around to help. We were reminded that doing life saving CPR alone can get exhausting and it is better if there are two to carry the responsibility of trying to save this life.
Okay, so I am sure that some of you know where I am going with this.
But indulge me anyway!
When I find myself ministering to someone, over time it can be exhausting and discouraging. I know, there are times when we "are the only Jesus that they see". But, I need other believers for support, encouragement, information, community, etc... We can be each others life line when we feel like we have been brought to exhaustion when helping someone in need.
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Being the hands and feet of Jesus is what I am called to do.
Isaiah 58 is a wonderful scripture where God's people are called out for seeking Him in the wrong way and He gave them instruction on how to turn things around.
10 -12 says:
And if you give yourself to the hungry,
and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
then your light will rise in darkness,
and your gloom will become like midday.
And the Lord will continually guide you,
and satisfy your desire in scorched places,
and give strength to your bones;
and you will be like a watered garden,
and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.
And those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins;
You will raise up the age old foundations;
and you will be called the repairer of the breach,
The restorer of the streets in which to dwell.
When we step up to help someone who is in crisis, for the right reasons,
with the Holy Spirit as our guide we become
Repairers of the breach!
Pointing them to Jesus,
helping them into a right relationship with the God of the universe.
I want to be a repairer, a restorer.
I want to be guided by the Lord continually, to be strengthened and watered.
There are things to do to be part of this group of people.
I must be prepared to do the work, the study, to understand the cost.
You see, learning to do CPR can only give me the skills to help a physical life.
Learning the things and ways of God gives me the skills to help a soul.
Oh, may I be prepared, trained and certified by my Heavenly Father,
so I can be useful to Him and His cause.