I am sitting at the table at Jacob’s Well, enveloped in peace. This place is guarded by angels. I can sense the Holy Spirit hovering over this anointed home as I write. This place is for the brokenhearted. It is for the lost. It is for the hopeless, the helpless, the distraught, and the lonely. I will never forget walking over the threshold here for the first time with so much doubt and insecurity and emptiness that I couldn’t even breathe. I love everything about this place; the rose bush that had been cut back while I was here that is now in full bloom, the beautiful green grass in the pastures as far as the eye can see, the trees that lead into the wooded area that provide shelter for the birds and animals, the pond that is home to the symphony of music coming from creatures that seem to keep in time and beat to the music of God’s orchestra. I see hope here. I see life. I see potential. I see GLORY!!! I also see doubt, fear, confusion, worry, anxiety, and sadness on the faces of some of the newer women who have just come from the hell of their own making. And my heart is breaking. God wants us to come to Him, ready and expecting to receive. Regardless of how difficult and draining life can be, He wants us to come to Him because His Power flows freely to those in need. I read a verse this morning that had me wanting to stand up and shout “HALLELUJAH” into the quiet of the dawn!
John 17:20-23 – “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – 23 I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
Jesus prayed for ALL who would follow him, including me and you and the women of Jacob’s Well and the men who are soon to walk over the threshold of Damascus Road Recovery Center for Men. As I look around the room at the strongest, bravest women I have ever met who are just waking up to get their coffee and have their quiet time with Jesus, hair all a mess, pajamas still on, sleep still in their eyes and dreams still on their minds, I am reminded that I have a purpose in life and that is to share the Good News of what Christ alone can do. I was so lost to the world, yet Jesus still prayed for ME. He prayed that I have unity with people just like me and become unified as powerful witnesses to the reality of God’s amazing LOVE!
Hope helps me to see, through the eyes of my heart, things that are not yet. Some of these women don’t yet have a clue the GLORY that comes from being unified with Christ. And I pray that they seek with all their heart their destiny, which is to follow God into the hopes and dreams that are in line with His will, in eager anticipation!!
Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is confidence is what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
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