For example, yesterday I was sitting down to read and spend some time in prayer. And (as it often occurs) my neighbors began singing in their home. Now, when my neighbors begin to sing, they sing LOUDLY. And they sing for a LONG time. Then, after praising for a fairly significant amount of time, they continue into a time of prayer. A long, intense time of prayer. One of those times of prayer that sound as if the individual is possibly angry and shouting at God! Know what I mean?
To be honest, I was quite annoyed at the situation. I had JUST sat down to have some quiet, peaceful time, and yet they were singing and praising so loudly. Then, funny enough, I open up my Bible to read Psalm 34, yet I accidentally began reading in chapter 33, which states in verses 1 and 2,
The ONEsimus Ministry
The story of Onesimus is my other example of how the Lord uses Scripture to speak to us. This time, a bit more serious. This story explains my recent preoccupation with the name Onesimus. It happened during my time in the States over Christmas. It was a moment of such encouragement and it has been stirring in my heart since that very day.
One weekend, I had joined my parents for their Sunday School class, and it was on the church schedule to read through the book of Philemon.
This letter is written to Philemon, by Paul, speaking about Onesimus.
An individual in our class challenged us all to search out for that “Onesimus” in our lives. Someone whom we have maybe written off. Or someone whom the world has given up on. Someone who “hasn’t been of much use to you in the past” but the Lord sees fit to use. If you didn't notice, Paul mentioned meeting Onesimus in prison! and Paul later mentions that he would be willing to repay any debt that Onesimus owed to Philemon.
Of course, this all made me think of my boys here in Uganda. Boys who are seen as useless by their parents, their teachers, their government, their country. However, the Lord sees them all and names them all “Onesimus”. May I continue to be reminded in the times of struggle, that these boys are useful in the sight of our Lord. I pray that they see themselves as useful by the Lord.
May you seek out the ONEsimus in your life this year. The ONE who needs you to stand up for them as Paul did for Onesimus. Maybe you need to approach the Philemon in his/her life. We can all be called “Onesimus”. May we truly believe it in our own lives, and may the Lord help us to reveal this Truth in the lives around us.
I think it is kind of funny too, how Philemon is ONE small chapter in the Bible… yet it has such a USEFUL message to our daily lives.
Love to you all. Thank you so much for the love and support you continuously encourage me with while here in Uganda. And thank you to all who spent time with me while in Arkansas. I am so grateful.