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The Last Spot

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The Last Spot

Tuesday evening cars were pouring into our church parking lot.  A Tuesday night is busy for about a hundred families involved in our sports league.  The parking lot was quickly filling up, kids were littering the fields kicking their balls all around, coaches were greeting parents and meeting their new team members, and drills were being started.  Moms and dads were unfolding chairs and trying to find any ounce of shade to sit and watch their kids practice.  After practice was over, a mom climbed inside her van to discover shattered pieces of glass all over the interior of her car.  She quickly realized her purse was gone and grabbed her phone to call 911.   Someone had been lurking in the bushes, waiting on a car to ambush. When I came up from our lower soccer fields I could see a van across the entire parking lot and three deputies assisting this woman.  I drove across the parking lot to her and that is when I could see that this lady was one of my friends.  We stayed for over an hour helping vacuum her car and put together the pieces of what happened.  My husband and son, along with one deputy went searching through the bushes and grass to see if the thief had thrown any of her belongings out while running.  They did find papers, insurance forms and remains from what looked like other cars and glove boxes.  As we were discussing her arrival, she had been right on time for practice and when she pulled into the lot, there were so many cars she took the first spot she could find, which happened to be the farthest spot from the fields and hustle and bustle of the activity going on surrounding the soccer league. As we talked until after sunset, I had two kids already sleeping in the car, I pulled off heart broken for her.  I had found some comfort in my own parking spot of the evening.  I was the first one to arrive at practice.  I was about 40 minutes early because I had been to some appointments in town and grabbed dinner for our family to eat at the field.  I had the closest parking spot, and I had left my van unlocked, purse in the floor, iphone in the passenger seat, and pretty much an open target to anyone needing to steal some loot.  My purse even had a stash of cash, and I had about $2,000 worth of gold in my center console.  However, the trick to my success for the evening was the location of my van.  Fifty people would have seen a stranger open my van door, and forty of them would have known that was my van! I drove home.  I kept thinking about how I would never leave my valuables open and vulnerable again.  Boy, that was dumb.  But then it hit me: I am a pastors wife.  I have learned over the past decade that this situation is no different than the church body.  Wow!  Most of the very people that have struggles in their marriage, struggles with their children, struggles with feeling alone, isolated, left-out, bitter, and constantly struggling with sins they cannot seem to conquer, are the very people that are the farthest away from the hustle and bustle of our church life.  Its a clear connection that anyone that sits in a pastors seat notices and recognizes. My encouragement is for those of you that may have pulled away from the body of Christ for whatever reason to reconsider.   I urge you to join in a small group to build close relationships and be used of God in the life of others, attend all preaching so you can grow deeper in God’s Word and worship with the gathered believers, involve yourself in cooking meals for those in need among the congregation.  I promise you will find sinners.  I promise you will experience hurts.  I promise you might unintentionally hurt someone else.  Relationships and personalities, they can be messy, but  forgiveness and restoration are a command!  I can also promise you will be blessed and you can bless others.  We all have a place, we all have gifts, we all have a purpose and role in the body.  You never know what God has around the corner and to have other believers surrounding you when you need it, and when you least expect it can be one of God’s greatest gifts to you.  Jesus took time alone with the Father in His earthly days, but He also valued relationships and held people close to Him.  He also had to deal with messy relationships (Mary and Martha).  Those very people were there with him in His vulnerable moments. The church body is meant to be together, living life together.  The sheep are safer when the fold is tight, and, well, together.  Every one is safer from the enemy, safer from the snares and traps when they are together. This principle holds true in the animal kingdom with animals that live in herds, it holds true for the cars in parking lots, and it holds true for the children of God.  The last spot can be very dangerous! Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.  For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.  Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone?  And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.” 1 Peter 5:8  ”Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.”

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